Orson Welles: The Known and The Unknown

'Chimes at Midnight' © Mr. Bongo Worldwide
'The Lady from Shanghai' © 1948, renewed 1975 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
'Mr. Arkadin' Image courtesy of Hollywood Classics
'The Immortal Story' © Gaumontfilms
'The Trial' © Studiocanal

A full century has passed since the birth of cinematic multi-talent Orson Welles, and the National Film Centre pays tribute with a special programme worthy of this giant of film, who wore the hats of director, writer, producer and actor over a career that regularly earns him mentions as one of the greatest movie men ever. Two recent documentaries are among the total of nine flicks to be shown – the remaining seven are gorgeously restored film copies of Welles classics, from The Lady From Shanghai to Chimes at Midnight. German film historian Stefan Drössler, head of the Munich Film Museum and an expert on film preservation, will also be giving talks during the event period. For full details, see the official website (in Japanese only).

List of films to be screened: The Lady From Shanghai (1947), The Third Man (1949), Mr. Arkadin (1955), The Trial (1962), Chimes at Midnight (1965), The Immortal Story (1968), F for Fake (1973), Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014), This is Orson Welles (2015).


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