The Immortal Story (1968)
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Immortal Story was directed by Orson Welles, who also stars as a fabulously wealthy, but bitter and dictatorial, European merchant. Soured on life, Mr. Clay (Welles) decides to play games with the lives of others. He decides to make the "immortal" legend of a sailor seducing a rich man's wife come true and even picks the sailor (Roger Coggio) himself. Through Mr. Clay's machinations, the sailor beds a beautiful younger woman (Jeanne Moreau) whom Clay pays to pose as his own wife. There's little
May 24, 1968 Wide
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Though shot for television on a low budget, this is a sumptuous experience.
Its sad and bittersweet effects are slowly achieved in brooding, garrulous, overly introspective style, except by Jeanne Moreau.
The Immortal Story is, in part, concerned with the very nature of storytelling, something that Welles was fascinated with his whole life.
Shot on a smaller scale than Welles' other films, but it has all of Welles' hallmarks, including cavernous shots and startling angles.
A small, quietly beautiful fable which leaves the viewer with a strange sense of loss and sadness.
This is a film that proceeds like a ritual, adding to a story that engulfs it.
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