Orson Welles

George Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985), best known as Orson Welles, was an American film director, actor, theatre director, screenwriter, and producer, who worked extensively in film, theatre, television and radio. Noted for his innovative dramatic productions as well as his distinctive voice and personality, Welles is widely acknowledged as one of the most accomplished dramatic artists of the twentieth century, especially for his significant and influential early work—despite his notoriously contentious relationship with Hollywood. His distinctive directorial style featured layered, nonlinear narrative forms, innovative uses of lighting such as chiaroscuro, unique camera angles, sound techniques borrowed from radio, deep focus shots, and long takes. Welles's long career in film is noted for his struggle for artistic control in the face of pressure from studios. Many of his films were heavily edited and others left unreleased. He has been praised as a major creative force and as "the ultimate auteur." After directing a number of high-profile theatrical productions in his early twenties, including an innovative adaptation of Macbeth and The Cradle Will Rock, Welles found national and international fame as the director and narrator of a 1938 radio adaptation of H. G. Wells's novel The War of the Worlds performed for the radio drama anthology series Mercury Theatre on the Air. It was reported to have caused widespread panic when listeners thought that an ...

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Casino Royale (1967)

Sir James Bond is called back out of retirement to stop SMERSH. In order to trick SMERSH, James thinks up the ultimate plan - that every agent will be named 'James Bond'. One of the Bonds, whose real name is Evelyn Tremble is sent to take on Le Chiffre in a game of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston  •  Joseph McGrath  •  Ken Hughes  •  Val Guest  •  Robert Parrish  •  Richard Talmadge
CAST:  David Niven  •  Peter Sellers  •  Ursula Andress  •  Orson Welles

Sir James Bond is called back out of retirement to stop SMERSH. In order to trick SMERSH, James thinks up the ultimate plan - that every agent will be named 'James Bond'. One of the Bonds, whose real name is Evelyn Tremble is sent to take on Le Chiffre in a game of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston  •  Joseph McGrath  •  Ken Hughes  •  Val Guest  •  Robert Parrish  •  Richard Talmadge
CAST:  David Niven  •  Peter Sellers  •  Ursula Andress  •  Orson Welles

Citizen Kane (1941)

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Newspaper magnate, Charles Foster Kane is taken from his mother as a boy and made the ward of a rich industrialist. As a result, every well-meaning, tyrannical or self-destructive move he makes for the rest of his life appears in some way to be a reaction to that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Joseph Cotten  •  Orson Welles  •  Agnes Moorehead  •  Ruth Warrick

Newspaper magnate, Charles Foster Kane is taken from his mother as a boy and made the ward of a rich industrialist. As a result, every well-meaning, tyrannical or self-destructive move he makes for the rest of his life appears in some way to be a reaction to that ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Joseph Cotten  •  Orson Welles  •  Agnes Moorehead  •  Ruth Warrick

Catch-22 (1970)

A bombardier in World War II tries desperately to escape the insanity of the war. However, sometimes insanity is the only sane way to cope with a crazy situation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Nichols
CAST:  Alan Arkin  •  Martin Balsam  •  Richard Benjamin  •  Art Garfunkel

A bombardier in World War II tries desperately to escape the insanity of the war. However, sometimes insanity is the only sane way to cope with a crazy situation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Nichols
CAST:  Alan Arkin  •  Martin Balsam  •  Richard Benjamin  •  Art Garfunkel

A Man for All Seasons (1966)

A depiction of the conflict between King Henry VIII of England and his Lord Chancellor, Sir Thomas More, who refuses to swear the Oath of Supremacy declaring Henry Supreme Head of the Church in England.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred Zinnemann
CAST:  Paul Scofield  •  Wendy Hiller  •  Leo McKern  •  Robert Shaw

A depiction of the conflict between King Henry VIII of England and his Lord Chancellor, Sir Thomas More, who refuses to swear the Oath of Supremacy declaring Henry Supreme Head of the Church in England.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred Zinnemann
CAST:  Paul Scofield  •  Wendy Hiller  •  Leo McKern  •  Robert Shaw

A Safe Place (1971)

A young woman in Manhattan lives in a world where the past, present and future mix.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Jaglom
CAST:  Tuesday Weld  •  Orson Welles  •  Phil Proctor  •  Jack Nicholson

A young woman in Manhattan lives in a world where the past, present and future mix.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Jaglom
CAST:  Tuesday Weld  •  Orson Welles  •  Phil Proctor  •  Jack Nicholson

Chimes at Midnight (1965)

The culmination of Orson Welles’s lifelong obsession with Shakespeare’s robustly funny and ultimately tragic antihero, Sir John Falstaff; the often soused friend of King Henry IV’s wayward son Prince Hal. Integrating elements from both Henry IV plays as well as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Orson Welles  •  Jeanne Moreau  •  Margaret Rutherford  •  John Gielgud

The culmination of Orson Welles’s lifelong obsession with Shakespeare’s robustly funny and ultimately tragic antihero, Sir John Falstaff; the often soused friend of King Henry IV’s wayward son Prince Hal. Integrating elements from both Henry IV plays as well as ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Orson Welles  •  Jeanne Moreau  •  Margaret Rutherford  •  John Gielgud

Duel in the Sun (1946)

Beautiful half-breed Pearl Chavez becomes the ward of her dead father's first love and finds herself torn between her sons, one good and the other bad.  (more)

DIRECTION:  King Vidor  •  Josef von Sternberg  •  Sidney Franklin  •  William Dieterle  •  William Cameron Menzies  •  Otto Brower  •  David O. Selznick
CAST:  Jennifer Jones  •  Joseph Cotten  •  Gregory Peck  •  Lionel Barrymore

Beautiful half-breed Pearl Chavez becomes the ward of her dead father's first love and finds herself torn between her sons, one good and the other bad.  (more)

DIRECTION:  King Vidor  •  Josef von Sternberg  •  Sidney Franklin  •  William Dieterle  •  William Cameron Menzies  •  Otto Brower  •  David O. Selznick
CAST:  Jennifer Jones  •  Joseph Cotten  •  Gregory Peck  •  Lionel Barrymore

F for Fake (1973)

Documents the lives of infamous fakers Elmyr de Hory and Clifford Irving. De Hory, who later committed suicide to avoid more prison time, made his name by selling forged works of art by painters like Picasso and Matisse. Irving was infamous for writing a fake ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Orson Welles  •  Joseph Cotten  •  Oja Kodar  •  Elmyr de Hory

Documents the lives of infamous fakers Elmyr de Hory and Clifford Irving. De Hory, who later committed suicide to avoid more prison time, made his name by selling forged works of art by painters like Picasso and Matisse. Irving was infamous for writing a fake ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Orson Welles  •  Joseph Cotten  •  Oja Kodar  •  Elmyr de Hory

The Hearts of Age (1934)

A colonial scene in the U.S. An old lady sits astride a bell while a man in blackface, wig, and livery pulls the bell rope. From an upper door emerges an old man, dressed as a dandy, who tips his hat to the woman as he walks down stairs grinning. Others leave the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles  •  William Vance
CAST:  Orson Welles  •  William Vance  •  Edgerton Paul  •  Virginia Nicholson

A colonial scene in the U.S. An old lady sits astride a bell while a man in blackface, wig, and livery pulls the bell rope. From an upper door emerges an old man, dressed as a dandy, who tips his hat to the woman as he walks down stairs grinning. Others leave the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles  •  William Vance
CAST:  Orson Welles  •  William Vance  •  Edgerton Paul  •  Virginia Nicholson

History of the World: Part I (1981)

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An uproarious version of history that proves nothing is sacred – not even the Roman Empire, the French Revolution and the Spanish Inquisition.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Brooks
CAST:  Mel Brooks  •  Dom DeLuise  •  Madeline Kahn  •  Harvey Korman

An uproarious version of history that proves nothing is sacred – not even the Roman Empire, the French Revolution and the Spanish Inquisition.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Brooks
CAST:  Mel Brooks  •  Dom DeLuise  •  Madeline Kahn  •  Harvey Korman

King of Kings (1961)

Who is Jesus, and why does he impact all he meets? He is respected and reviled, emulated and accused, beloved, betrayed, and finally crucified. Yet that terrible fate would not be the end of the story.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  Jeffrey Hunter  •  Siobhán McKenna  •  Hurd Hatfield  •  Viveca Lindfors

Who is Jesus, and why does he impact all he meets? He is respected and reviled, emulated and accused, beloved, betrayed, and finally crucified. Yet that terrible fate would not be the end of the story.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  Jeffrey Hunter  •  Siobhán McKenna  •  Hurd Hatfield  •  Viveca Lindfors

Macbeth (1948)

A Scottish warlord and his wife murder their way to a pair of crowns.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Orson Welles  •  Jeanette Nolan  •  Dan O'Herlihy  •  Alan Napier

A Scottish warlord and his wife murder their way to a pair of crowns.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Orson Welles  •  Jeanette Nolan  •  Dan O'Herlihy  •  Alan Napier

Man in the Shadow (1957)

In effect, modern cow town Spurline is run by Virgil Renchler, owner of the Golden Empire Ranch. One night, two of Virgil's henchmen go a little too far and beat a "bracero" ranch hand to death. Faced with an obvious cover-up and opposition on every hand, sheriff ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Arnold
CAST:  Orson Welles  •  Jeff Chandler  •  Colleen Miller  •  James Gleason

In effect, modern cow town Spurline is run by Virgil Renchler, owner of the Golden Empire Ranch. One night, two of Virgil's henchmen go a little too far and beat a "bracero" ranch hand to death. Faced with an obvious cover-up and opposition on every hand, sheriff ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Arnold
CAST:  Orson Welles  •  Jeff Chandler  •  Colleen Miller  •  James Gleason

Mr. Arkadin (1955)

Claiming that he doesn't know his own past, a rich man enlists an ex-con with an odd bit of detective work. Gregory Arkadin says he can't remember anything before the late 1920s, and convict Guy Van Stratten is happy to take the job of exploring his new ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Orson Welles  •  Michael Redgrave  •  Patricia Medina  •  Akim Tamiroff

Claiming that he doesn't know his own past, a rich man enlists an ex-con with an odd bit of detective work. Gregory Arkadin says he can't remember anything before the late 1920s, and convict Guy Van Stratten is happy to take the job of exploring his new ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Orson Welles  •  Michael Redgrave  •  Patricia Medina  •  Akim Tamiroff

Othello (1951)

When a secret marriage is planned between Othello, a Moorish general, and Desdemona, the daughter of Senator Brabantio, her old suitor Roderigo takes it hard. He allies himself with Iago, who has his own grudge against Othello, and the two conspire to bring Othello ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Orson Welles  •  Micheál MacLiammóir  •  Robert Coote  •  Suzanne Cloutier

When a secret marriage is planned between Othello, a Moorish general, and Desdemona, the daughter of Senator Brabantio, her old suitor Roderigo takes it hard. He allies himself with Iago, who has his own grudge against Othello, and the two conspire to bring Othello ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Orson Welles  •  Micheál MacLiammóir  •  Robert Coote  •  Suzanne Cloutier

Start the Revolution Without Me (1970)

An account of the adventures of two sets of identical twins, badly scrambled at birth, on the eve of the French Revolution. One set is haughty and aristocratic, the other poor and somewhat dim. They find themselves involved in palace intrigues as history happens ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bud Yorkin
CAST:  Gene Wilder  •  Donald Sutherland  •  Hugh Griffith  •  Jack MacGowran

An account of the adventures of two sets of identical twins, badly scrambled at birth, on the eve of the French Revolution. One set is haughty and aristocratic, the other poor and somewhat dim. They find themselves involved in palace intrigues as history happens ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bud Yorkin
CAST:  Gene Wilder  •  Donald Sutherland  •  Hugh Griffith  •  Jack MacGowran

The Immortal Story (1968)

An aged, wealthy trader plots with his servant to recreate a maritime tall tale, using a local woman and an unknown sailor as actors.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Jeanne Moreau  •  Orson Welles  •  Roger Coggio  •  Norman Eshley

An aged, wealthy trader plots with his servant to recreate a maritime tall tale, using a local woman and an unknown sailor as actors.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Jeanne Moreau  •  Orson Welles  •  Roger Coggio  •  Norman Eshley

The Lady from Shanghai (1947)

A romantic drifter gets caught between a corrupt tycoon and his voluptuous wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Rita Hayworth  •  Orson Welles  •  Everett Sloane  •  Glenn Anders

A romantic drifter gets caught between a corrupt tycoon and his voluptuous wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Rita Hayworth  •  Orson Welles  •  Everett Sloane  •  Glenn Anders

The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

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

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Joseph Cotten  •  Dolores Costello  •  Anne Baxter  •  Tim Holt

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

DIRECTION:  Orson Welles
CAST:  Joseph Cotten  •  Dolores Costello  •  Anne Baxter  •  Tim Holt

The Man Who Saw Tomorrow (1981)

Hosted by Orson Welles, this documentary utilizes a grab bag of dramatized scenes, stock footage, TV news clips and interviews to ask: Did 16th century French astrologer and physician Nostradamus actually predict such events as the fall of King Louis XVI, the rise ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Guenette
CAST:  Orson Welles  •  Philip L. Clarke  •  Ray Laska  •  David Burke

Hosted by Orson Welles, this documentary utilizes a grab bag of dramatized scenes, stock footage, TV news clips and interviews to ask: Did 16th century French astrologer and physician Nostradamus actually predict such events as the fall of King Louis XVI, the rise ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Guenette
CAST:  Orson Welles  •  Philip L. Clarke  •  Ray Laska  •  David Burke
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