Orson Welles: The One-Man Band (The Lost Films of Orson Welles) (1995)

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This fascinating documentary is almost completely comprised of scenes from Welles' uncompleted films, most of which have never been seen by the public. Though directed by German filmmaker Vassili Silovic, the clips and information were largely provided by Welles' closest associate and long-time companion Oja Kodar. It is she who appears in the first scene as she talks about the great director while driving to the warehouse where many of these unviewed treasures were stored. Film clips included are from The Other Side of the Wind (1970-76), The Deep (1967-69), The Merchant of Venice, The Dreamers, (1980) and even his version of Moby Dick. Also included is the trailer for F for Fake, and several scenes from television films from the '60s. Finally, the film offers rare glimpses of Welles on television performing magic tricks, appearing on a proposed talk show, and appearing on the Muppets. Towards the end, Kodar also shows off some of Welles' drawings and etchings.
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Documentary , Special Interest , Television
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Critic Reviews for Orson Welles: The One-Man Band (The Lost Films of Orson Welles)

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It adds up to a tremendously exciting, but at the same time deeply frustrating, viewing experience.

April 7, 2007
Variety
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If much of this previously unseen work seems simply frivolous, every bit of it is entertaining. Even when he wasn't being serious, Welles, like all really good magicians, had the ability to mesmerize.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Seeing this film is like finding out the Beatles actually recorded four or five albums that were never released -- and then getting to hear only a song from each album.

Full Review… | January 22, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
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No excerpt available.

January 22, 2002
The New Republic
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A treasure chest of his lost films.

Full Review… | March 26, 2011
Combustible Celluloid

Fascinating stuff.

Full Review… | April 7, 2007
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