1962, Rialto Pictures, 118 min, USA, Dir: Orson Welles

Franz Kafka’s classic novel of paranoia and conspiracy seems tailor-made for director Orson Welles. This labyrinthine, deliciously satiric, nightmare vision of a man (Anthony Perkins) accused of an unspecified crime emerges as a subtle allegory of Welles’ own Catch-22 tribulations working in the film industry. With a dream cast that includes Jeanne Moreau, Romy Schneider, Akim Tamiroff and Welles himself.

1958, Universal, 111 min, USA, Dir: Orson Welles

This hallucinatory, off-kilter masterwork features Charlton Heston in one of his finest performances, as a Mexican cop on the wrong side of the border, pitted against a grotesque sheriff (Welles) whose badge hides a heart of vile corruption. Janet Leigh co-stars as Heston’s bride, menaced by leather-clad Mercedes McCambridge and her gang of juvenile delinquents. Co-starring Akim Tamiroff, Marlene Dietrich and Joseph Calleia.

1955, Janus Films, 99 min, USA, Dir: Orson Welles

A ruthless financier (Welles) hires a sleazy young cigarette smuggler to write a "confidential report" on his past, hoping to erase the last traces of his infamy so that his beloved daughter will never learn the truth about him. Welles decks out this mock-tragic "chronicle of a death foretold" with down-and-dirty rococo effects and tall tales, including that epitome of cynicism, the fable about the frog and the scorpion.

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