Orson Welles films I have seenby Alberto-7 | created - 03 Jun 2014 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
My impressions of the Orson Welles films I have seen
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1. Chimes at Midnight (1965)
Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, History
The career of Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff as a roistering companion to young Prince Hal, circa 1400 to 1413.
Votes: 6,969 | Gross: $0.12M
Brilliant adaptation of several Shakespeare plays. It contains of the most realistic battle scenes ever put on celluloid. Welles is charming as the roguish Falstaff. Shot in crisp black and white in the wintry Spanish countryside.
2. Citizen Kane (1941)
PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery
Following the death of publishing tycoon, Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; 'Rosebud'.
Votes: 369,945 | Gross: $1.59M
The greatest film ever made. Bar none. Brilliant tour de force by Welles.
3. The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Romance
The spoiled young heir to the decaying Amberson fortune comes between his widowed mother and the man she has always loved.
Well made Welles film. Unfortunately, the studio changed the ending on Welles which kind of spoils things but overall, a very good effort.
4. The Stranger (1946)
Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
An investigator from the War Crimes Commission travels to Connecticut to find an infamous Nazi.
Taut, atmospheric film noir with a terrific performance by Edward G. Robinson. Welles is also very good. The ending is perfect.
5. The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
Not Rated | 87 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Fascinated by gorgeous Mrs. Bannister, seaman Michael O'Hara joins a bizarre yachting cruise, and ends up mired in a complex murder plot.
Votes: 23,974 | Gross: $0.01M
This film is good but it should have been that much better. Maybe Welles should have stayed behind the camera and cast someone else in the male lead.
6. Othello (1951)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, History, Romance
The Moorish General Othello is manipulated into thinking that his new wife Desdemona has been carrying on an affair with his Lieutenant Michael Cassio when in reality, it is all part of the scheme of a bitter Ensign named Iago.
Welles had such a hard time making this film. He could never get enough financing and had to shoot it over several years, a bit at a time. The photography is beautiful and the Moroccan and Italian locations are spot on. Micheál MacLiammóir as Iago is great. Only Suzanne Cloutier as Desdemona is a tad weak.
7. Touch of Evil (1958)
PG-13 | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town.
Votes: 93,689 | Gross: $2.24M
If you can get past Charlton Heston as a Mexican, this film will wow you. Film noir at its best and it includes one of Welles' best performance.
8. The Trial (1962)
Not Rated | 119 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
An unassuming office worker is arrested and stands trial, but he is never made aware of his charges.
Brilliant adaptation of the Kafka novel with surreal sets and a feeling of doom you just can't shake throughout. Once again Welles had a great deal of trouble getting the proper financing and had to improvise (Including dubbing many of the voices by himself).
9. F for Fake (1973)
PG | 89 min | Documentary
A documentary about fraud and fakery.
I really did not care for this film. Orson Welles is goofing around throughput trying to connect things that are not connectable. It seems to be Welles making a home movie with his friends on a big budget.