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The Immortal Story

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

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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (1)

Though shot for television on a low budget, this is a sumptuous experience.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Its sad and bittersweet effects are slowly achieved in brooding, garrulous, overly introspective style, except by Jeanne Moreau.

May 10, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It's awkward yet exquisite.

February 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The Immortal Story is, in part, concerned with the very nature of storytelling, something that Welles was fascinated with his whole life.

March 11, 2013 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
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Shot on a smaller scale than Welles' other films, but it has all of Welles' hallmarks, including cavernous shots and startling angles.

September 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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A small, quietly beautiful fable which leaves the viewer with a strange sense of loss and sadness.

August 29, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Masterpiece, rich in visual style.

June 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

Always oddly fascinating.

May 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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This is a film that proceeds like a ritual, adding to a story that engulfs it.

February 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Senses of Cinema
Senses of Cinema

Minor Orson Welles effort, though second-tier Welles is still better than first-tier anyone else.

February 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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  • The Immortal Story (Une histoire immortelle) (DE)
  • The Immortal Story (Une histoire immortelle) (UK)
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