- A Tribute to Orson Welles
Showtime:   Saturday, March 12, 2005 @ 02:40 PM

  As part of our tribute to great Orson Welles, we are delighted to have his longtime cameraman, Gary Graver, who shot much of "F FOR FAKE" as well as "THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND" and many other projects to present this program. Some of the footage that will be shown from Mr. Graver's collection has never been shown before. [See Events for Mr. Graver's biography].

The moderator of this program is Joseph McBride, the author of WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO ORSON WELLES?: A PORTRAIT OF AN INDEPENDENT CAREER, due out in 2005, and many other books. [See Events for Mr. McBride's biography].

Our tribute to Orson Welles continues with showing of F For Fake [1976, With: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Oja Kodar] on Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 7:30 pm.

Orson Welles was born on May 6, 1915 in Kenosha in Wisconsin, USA. When he was a teenager, he visited Europe, China and Jamaica with his parents. Orson was eight years old when his mother died. In 1934, he created a daily show on N.B.C and in 1937, he met with John Houseman, Mercury Theatre. He made his first film "The Hearts of Age" at the age of 19.

On October 30, 1938, he adapted to the radio the novel of H. G Wells: "The War of the Worlds", and terrorized America and created a national panic. At 25 Orson was in a paradoxical and unusual situation: to support an immense reputation. He signed with the RKO a contract for Citizen Kane. He deliverd not only a good film but "the Film", that which was going to take with against foot all that had been made for 40 years. In 1942, he turned the Magnificent Ambersons, and in 1944, Welles married Rita Hayworth of whom he made the Lady of Shangai in 1946. They divorced in 1947. After making Macbeth, he chose to work outside the United States.

In fact, Welles was never a Hollywood script writer. He profited from a cosmopolitan culture. Touch of Evil made in 1957 was his only return to Hollywood. Each of his films reveals the love of the cinema and the pleasure of making them. Parallel to its activity of script writing, Welles had all at the same time to be a director and actor in theatre, realizer and actor with the radio, writer, novelist and playwright without forgetting his career with television and his many interpretations with the cinema.

The last films of Orson Welles seem a reflexion on the cinema. But all the difficulties which Welles encountered and which slowed down his creative dash, come from what he was a script writer and poet. For F.Truffaut, the drama of Welles it has been to have passed his evenings for thirty years with all-powerful producers who offered cigars to him, but would not have entrusted him hundred meters of film to impress him. Orson Welles died on October 10, 1985.


The Hearts of Age (1934)
Too Much Johnson (1938, uncompleted)
Citizen Kane (1941) - won Oscar for Best Writing, Original Screenplay; nominated for Best Actor, Best Picture and Best Director.
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) - nominated for Oscar for Best Picture; famously shortened and recut against Welles's wishes
It's All True (1942, released 1993)
Journey Into Fear (1943) - uncredited, co-director with Norman Foster
The Stranger (1946)
The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
Macbeth (1948)
Othello (1952) - winner of the Palme d'Or, 1952 Cannes Film Festival
Around The World With Orson Welles (1955) - five short travelogues for the BBC
Mr. Arkadin (1955)
Touch of Evil (1958)
The Trial (1962)
Chimes at Midnight (1965)
Don Quixote (1969, released 1992)
The Deep (1970)
Moby Dick (1971, released 1999)
The Other Side of the Wind (1970-76, uncompleted)
F for Fake (1976) (aka Vérités et mensonges)
Filming Othello (1978)

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