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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 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 Based on a story by Isaak Dinesen, The Immortal Story was originally made for French television; it was also the only Orson Welles-directed film to be released in color.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, Rovi
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Orson Welles
as Mr. Clay
Jeanne Moreau
as Viginie Ducrot
Roger Coggio
as Elishama Levinsky the bookkeeper
Norman Eshley
as Paul the sailor
Fernando Rey
as Merchant

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Critic Reviews for The Immortal Story

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

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

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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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
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It's awkward yet exquisite.

Full Review… | February 3, 2004
Chicago Reader
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Minor but not without interest.

Full Review… | September 17, 2016
Creative Loafing

Perhaps Welles, in playing a man who doesn't understand art, was embodying his more vitriolic critics. He was presenting ever more complex art to critical agents, and was constantly met with confusion and literal interpretations.

Full Review… | September 5, 2016

A dreamy fable of just-so proportion and asethetics...this literate and richly strange film has layers of meaning available to the viewer. [Criterion Blu-ray]

Full Review… | September 1, 2016
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A masterclass on editing and a magnification of Welles's genius, The Immortal Story is one of Welles's best.

Knox Morris
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