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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Welles Welles Welles

Posted by on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Hello. If you're interested in extraordinary old movies, and have a calendar that you mark things on, you may want to mark your calendar for these exciting Orson Welles opportunities (or EOWOs) coming down the pipeline.

The first EOWO is SIFF Cinema's screening of a new digital restoration of The Lady from Shanghai on March 21 and 22. Welles screenwrote, directed, and produced this 1947 noir, and also conjured an unforgettable Irish accent in the lead role.

The second and third EOWOs, scheduled to happen between April 10 and 14, are 35 mm screenings of both Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons at the Grand Illusion. The latter is known for being heavily edited by the studios, but it's still a fantastic movie, with prime examples of Welles's distinctive camera work. The former is of course, known by all.

Keep an eye on our film calendar for a more specific screening schedule as the dates approach.


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Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 1

LfS is a fantastic film, and maybe not as appreciated as many of his others.

Here's my review of it which I wrote for Netflix...I don't think there are any real plot spoilers.

This film is so brilliant and fantastic it almost saddened me because I thought, at one time people could go to a theater and see art of this caliber, just on a Saturday afternoon. The visuals. The fun house. Chinatown. The parallels...a commercial seaman on a luxury yacht...bird in a cage...the Lady in her carriage...From China to Chinatown. Films in the 1940s didnt move as quickly as TLFS. The jurors fidgeting and one blowing his nose. Wells doesnt have stock characters, he realizes that in real life, every person is living his own movie -- unlike in standard films where a juror is expected to be a prop...he makes him a character...a person even! Wells is like the Supercomputer of directors...he can manage multiple concurrent threads in his there a single protagonist...or several. There is duality between the real and the fake...between evidence and falsity and the lines that blur those. Many of these reviews mention that the plot was complex...its complex because there are these multiple the end each person had their own perspective and reasons for what they did. Its like Rashoman...only instead of telling the story over and over to show the perspectives one by one -- Wells does it all at once...and then pretty much rubs your nose in it with the Hall of Mirrors! I would go so far as to say that this film is the equal of Touch of Evil...and it is coherent and tighter when you see the profound insights it has about storytelling.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe on February 27, 2014 at 12:43 PM · Report this
fletc3her 2
I saw Citizen Kane and the Magnificent Ambersons as a double feature at the Brattle years and years ago. Very enjoyable. I may have to see Lady From Shanghai.

I would like to give a shoutout to the Brattle double feature. I loved being able to see two films that were related in some way. Often it would be two films noir, two films by the same director, or some other natural pairing. Other times they would have really interesting combinations like Taxi Driver and Wings of Desire.
Posted by fletc3her on February 27, 2014 at 1:27 PM · Report this
Sir Vic 3
Rita Hayworth's presence in this movie makes you understand why Welles, and then Aly Khan, just had to have her. Such a great story, too.
Posted by Sir Vic on February 27, 2014 at 1:47 PM · Report this

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