Orson Welles films I have seen

by 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.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Jeanne Moreau, Margaret Rutherford, John Gielgud

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

100 Metascore

Following the death of publishing tycoon, Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; 'Rosebud'.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead

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

93 Metascore

The spoiled young heir to the decaying Amberson fortune comes between his widowed mother and the man she has always loved.

Directors: Orson Welles, Fred Fleck, Robert Wise | Stars: Tim Holt, Joseph Cotten, Dolores Costello, Anne Baxter

Votes: 20,609

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

76 Metascore

An investigator from the War Crimes Commission travels to Connecticut to find an infamous Nazi.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young, Philip Merivale

Votes: 20,071

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.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane, Glenn Anders

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.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Micheál MacLiammóir, Robert Coote, Suzanne Cloutier

Votes: 6,931

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

99 Metascore

A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Janet Leigh, Joseph Calleia

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.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Arnoldo Foà, Jess Hahn, Billy Kearns

Votes: 17,597

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.

Directors: Orson Welles, Gary Graver, Oja Kodar, François Reichenbach | Stars: Orson Welles, Oja Kodar, François Reichenbach, Elmyr de Hory

Votes: 13,491

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.

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