F FOR FAKE
1974, Janus Films, 85 min, USA, Dir: Orson Welles

Orson Welles appears as "himself" (but which self? Master director? Magician? Media manipulator?) in this delightful essay on the nature of illusion, focusing on all types of fakery and fakers, including notorious art forger Elmyr de Hory and fraudulent Howard Hughes biographer Clifford Irving. With Oja Kodar and Peter Bogdanovich.


THE STRANGER
1946, Park Circus/MGM, 95 min, USA, Dir: Orson Welles

Director Orson Welles’ suspenseful study of an escaped Nazi war criminal (played by Welles himself) living in a small Connecticut town, who is pursued by a federal agent (Edward G. Robinson) to a no-holds-barred climax. Loretta Young gives one of her finest screen performances as Welles’ unsuspecting wife. Ironically, this was Welles’ most successful film at the box office.


OTHELLO
1952, Carlotta Films, 92 min, Dir: Orson Welles

Until its 1992 restoration, Orson Welles’ wildly imaginative Shakespearean adaptation was often overlooked, and nearly impossible to see in a decent print. Despite its initial budgetary problems, which caused the shooting schedule to stretch out over three years (it was started in 1949), it stands as one of Welles’ greatest visual poems. An astonishing achievement against nearly overwhelming odds. Starring Welles, Micheál Mac Liammóir, Suzanne Cloutier.


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