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  1. Jim_K

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    DIRECTOR FILMOGRAPHY - The Films of ORSON WELLES

    Rank ‘em, rate ‘em, review ‘em or whatever.

    ORSON WELLES

    Moby Dick (1999)

    It's All True (1993)

    Don Quixote (1992)

    Orson Welles' Magic Show (1985) (TV)
    The Spirit of Charles Lindbergh (1984)
    Filming 'Othello' (1978)
    F for Fake (1974)
    The Other Side of the Wind (1972)
    London (1971)
    The Deep (1970)
    The Merchant of Venice (1969) (TV)
    The Immortal Story (1968)
    Vienna (1968)
    Chimes at Midnight (1965)
    The Trial (1962)
    The Fountain of Youth (1958) (TV)
    Touch of Evil (1958)
    Portrait of Gina (1958) (TV)
    Orson Welles and People (1956) (TV)
    Mr. Arkadin (1955)
    Moby Dick Rehearsed (1955) (TV)
    The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice (1952)
    Black Magic (1949) (uncredited)
    Macbeth (1948)
    The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
    The Stranger (1946)
    The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
    Citizen Kane (1941)
    Too Much Johnson (1938)
    The Hearts of Age (1934)
     
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    ORSON WELLES (1915 - 1985)


    Moby Dick (1999)

    It's All True (1993)

    Don Quixote (1992) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Orson Welles' Magic Show (1985)
    The Spirit of Charles Lindbergh (1984)
    Filming 'Othello' (1978)
    F for Fake (1974) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Other Side of the Wind (1972)
    London (1971)
    The Deep (1970)
    The Merchant of Venice (1969)
    The Immortal Story (1968) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Vienna (1968)
    Chimes at Midnight (1965) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Trial (1962) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    The Fountain of Youth (1958)
    Touch of Evil (1958) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Portrait of Gina (1958)
    Orson Welles and People (1956)
    Mr. Arkadin (1955) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Moby Dick Rehearsed (1955)
    The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice (1952) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Black Magic (1949)
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    Macbeth (1948) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Lady from Shanghai (1947) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Stranger (1946) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Journey Into Fear (1943) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
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    Citizen Kane (1941) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Too Much Johnson (1938)
    The Hearts of Age (1934) [​IMG] [​IMG]

     
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    Orson Welles' Magic Show (1985) (TV)
    The Spirit of Charles Lindbergh (1984)
    Filming 'Othello' (1978)
    F for Fake (1974)
    The Other Side of the Wind (1972)
    London (1971)
    The Deep (1970)
    The Merchant of Venice (1969) (TV)
    The Immortal Story (1968)
    Vienna (1968)
    Chimes at Midnight (1965)
    The Trial (1962)

    The Fountain of Youth (1958) (TV)
    Touch of Evil (1958)
    Portrait of Gina (1958) (TV)
    Orson Welles and People (1956) (TV)
    Mr. Arkadin (1955)
    Moby Dick Rehearsed (1955) (TV)
    The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice (1952)
    Macbeth (1948)
    The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
    The Stranger (1946)
    The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
    Citizen Kane (1941)

    Too Much Johnson (1938)*
    The Hearts of Age (1934)


    Bolded films I've seen.

    * What is this, an early porn? [​IMG]
     
  4. Steve Christou

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    [rant]"Rosebud!"[/rant]

    Touch of Evil (1958) [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Citizen Kane (1941)
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    Wow this is embarrassing, I've only seen two Welles-directed films. I remember seeing a bit of The Magnificent Ambersons before I changed the channel.[​IMG]

    [holds hand up] Jim, when are we getting to the true greats like John Carpenter, Ridley Scott, Oliver Stone and Brian DePalma? I'm getting fidgety. Let's have some action, gore and profanity Jimbo! [​IMG]
     
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    I've been saving the "big guns" for later on, Stevo. [​IMG]

    Since you requested it, I'll bump 'em up in the rotation. [​IMG]
     
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    Orson Welles' Magic Show (1985) (TV)
    The Spirit of Charles Lindbergh (1984)
    Filming 'Othello' (1978)
    F for Fake (1974) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] (Own the DVD)
    The Other Side of the Wind (1972)
    London (1971)
    The Deep (1970)
    The Merchant of Venice (1969) (TV)
    The Immortal Story (1968)
    Vienna (1968)
    Chimes at Midnight (1965)
    The Trial (1962)
    The Fountain of Youth (1958) (TV)
    Touch of Evil (1958) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Portrait of Gina (1958) (TV)
    Orson Welles and People (1956) (TV)
    Mr. Arkadin (1955)
    Moby Dick Rehearsed (1955) (TV)
    The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice (1952)
    Macbeth (1948)
    The Lady from Shanghai (1947) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    The Stranger (1946) [​IMG][​IMG]
    The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) [​IMG][​IMG]
    Citizen Kane (1941) [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] (Own the Blu)
    Too Much Johnson (1938)
    The Hearts of Age (1934)

    Seen 6
    Own 2
     
  7. george kaplan

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    ORSON WELLES

    Seen: 7
    Like: 2
    Own: 2

    Rank order:

    Citizen Kane (1941)
    The Stranger (1946)
    The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
    The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
    Touch of Evil (1958)
    The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice (1952)
    The Trial (1962)
     
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    1. Citizen Kane - A
    2. The Magnificent Ambersons - A-
    3. F For Fake - A-
    4. The Lady From Shanghai - B+


    5. Mr. Arkadin: The Confidential Report - B+
    6. The Trial - B+
    7. Touch of Evil - B+
    8. The Stranger - B


    Own: 1 (will buy Magnificent Ambersons if it ever gets released)

    Interested in seeing everything I haven't seen.
     
  9. Kirk Tsai

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    Edit: added F For Fake.

    Ranking:

    1. Touch of Evil
    2. Citizen Kane
    3. Magnificant Ambersons
    4. F For Fake
    5. Chimes at Midnight
    6. Lady from Shanghai
    7. The Trial
     
  10. Joe Karlosi

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    out of 4:

    Citizen Kane [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Touch of Evil [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    sadly, ive only seen 1. out of 5 [​IMG]

    citizen kane [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    CJ
     
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    A "B" is still a good movie that I like, I just wouldn't rank it as highly as Welles' other films.

    While I'm normally a fan of Chuck Heston, I don't think he was the right choice for Touch of Evil, so that takes the film down a notch. Then I take it down another notch for its ridiculous ending. Normally I have a huge capacity for suspension of disbelief, I don't see plot holes where others do, etc. But occassionally something will strike me as so beyond the pale that it mars the film.

    In Touch of Evil it would be Heston conducting surveillance on Welles, but having his surveillance device turned up so loudly that Welles can hear that he is being eavesdropped upon.
     
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    Touch of Evil (1958) - [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) - [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
    Citizen Kane (1941) - [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    Out of 4 stars:

    Citizen Kane [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    F For Fake [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Magnificent Ambersons [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] 1/2
    Touch of Evil [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] 1/2
    The Lady From Shanghai [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Stranger [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Hearts of Age
     
  17. Mario Gauci

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    In order of merit:


    1.Citizen Kane (1941) ****
    2.The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) ****
    3.Touch of Evil (1958) ****
    4.Journey Into Fear (1942; credited to Norman Foster but the Welles touch is evident in every frame) ***1/2
    5.Chimes at Midnight (1965) ***1/2
    6.The Lady from Shanghai (1947) ***
    7.The Trial (1962) ***
    8.The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice (1952) ***
    9.Macbeth (1948) ***
    10.The Stranger (1946) ***
    11.Mr. Arkadin (1955) ***
    12.The Immortal Story (1968) ***
    13.It's All True (1942; "completed" by Richard Wilson and released in 1993)
    14.The Hearts of Age (1934) **


    Welles is one of my 12 favorite directors and, as you can see, I've only to catch up with 1 of his movies, F FOR FAKE (1973) - unless those notorious uncompleted projects - DON QUIXOTE, THE DEEP, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND - start cropping up! I know that the Jess Franco reconstruction of DON QUIXOTE is available on DVD in Spain but, knowing Franco's work, I hardly think he does it justice so I stayed away from it...[​IMG].
     
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    Ranks and ratings on a scale of * to *****:

    1: Touch of Evil (1958) ****½
    2: Citizen Kane (1941) ****
    3: The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) **

    Seen 3
    Own 1
     
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    F for Fake (1974) - 9/10
    Chimes at Midnight (1965) - 6/10
    The Trial (1962) - 10/10
    Touch of Evil (1958) - 8/10
    Mr. Arkadin (1955) - 7/10
    The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice (1952) - 7/10
    The Lady from Shanghai (1947) - 8/10
    The Stranger (1946) - 8/10
    The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) - 9/10
    Citizen Kane (1941) - 10/10
    The Hearts of Age (1934) - 6/10
     
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    added The Lady from Shanghai (1947) - 8/10
     

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