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The Immortal Story (1968)

The Immortal Story (1968)

The Immortal Story




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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 more to the story than that, but Welles weaves his short tale with an economy and expertise which proves he hadn't lost his touch by 1969. Based on a story by Isaak Dinesen, The Immortal Story was originally made for French television; it was also the only Orson Welles-directed film to be released in color. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
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Orson Welles
as Mr. Clay
Jeanne Moreau
as Viginie Ducrot
Roger Coggio
as Elishama Levinsky th...
Norman Eshley
as Paul the sailor
Fernando Rey
as Merchant

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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

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

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Its sad and bittersweet effects are slowly achieved in brooding, garrulous, overly introspective style, except by Jeanne Moreau.

Full Review… | May 10, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

It's awkward yet exquisite.

Full Review… | February 3, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The Immortal Story is, in part, concerned with the very nature of storytelling, something that Welles was fascinated with his whole life.

Full Review… | March 11, 2013

Shot on a smaller scale than Welles' other films, but it has all of Welles' hallmarks, including cavernous shots and startling angles.

Full Review… | September 26, 2008
Combustible Celluloid

A small, quietly beautiful fable which leaves the viewer with a strange sense of loss and sadness.

Full Review… | August 29, 2006
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