Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Thu, Oct 11, 2018 - Tue, Oct 16, 2018
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THE WINDS OF WELLES

The word “genius” has been associated with Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 - October 10, 1985) nearly since his birth in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The son of a successful inventor and concert pianist, the future actor-director proved to be gifted in the arts as a child. The title was such a frequent refrain through his life that a 1940 Saturday Evening Post story joked, “Orson was an old war horse in the infant prodigy line by the time he was 10. He had already seen eight years' service as a child genius. Some see the 24-year-old boy of today as a mere shadow of the 2-year-old man they used to know.”

Previous successes shadowed Welles for so long that some view his career solely through the prism of missed opportunity, allowing uncompleted works to obscure a long string of triumphs. While his debut, CITIZEN KANE, is unquestionably a masterpiece of unusual lighting and camera angles, innovative use of sound and extended takes, so is TOUCH OF EVIL, made 17 years later. His Shakespeare adaptations, created without the support of a major studio, offer further testament to Welles’ continuing growth as an artist over the decades: From MACBETH (1948) to OTHELLO (1952) to CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT (1965), each was more impressive than the last.

Though it would have been wonderful if THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS hadn’t been recut against his will, or if he’d gotten to direct CATCH-22 instead of simply acting in it, as it stands, Orson Welles’ body of work remains among the richest in cinema history. Now, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND has finally been completed due to the diligent efforts of Welles collaborators Frank Marshall, Peter Bogdanovich, Joseph McBride and others, and can finally be recognized as the masterpiece that it is. It will be screening along with Morgan Neville’s new documentary THEY’LL LOVE ME WHEN I’M DEAD, which recounts the saga of the making, unmaking and resurrection of THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND, which now stands alongside many of Welles’ finest works.

Series programmed by Gwen Deglise, Grant Moninger and John Hagelston. Program notes by Jim Hemphill and John Hagelston.

Introductions each night by film historian F.X. Feeney.
Aero TheatreThu, Oct 11, 2018 - Tue, Oct 16, 2018
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Films in this Series at the Aero

Thu, Oct 11, 2018 - 7:30pm
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Fri, Oct 12, 2018 - 7:30pm
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Sat, Oct 13, 2018 - 7:30pm
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Sun, Oct 14, 2018 - 7:30pm
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Mon, Oct 15, 2018 - 7:30pm
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Special Free Screening!
Tue, Oct 16, 2018 - 7:30pm
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