The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018)

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Critic Consensus: The Eyes of Orson Welles uses a brilliant filmmaker's non-cinematic work to investigate his aesthetic from a refreshing -- and thoroughly entertaining -- perspective.

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Granted exclusive access to hundreds of private drawings and paintings by Orson Welles, filmmaker Mark Cousins dives deep into the visual world of this legendary director and actor, to reveal a portrait of the artist as he's never been seen before - through his own eyes, sketched with his own hand, painted with his own brush. Executive produced by Michael Moore, The Eyes of Orson Welles brings vividly to life the passions, politics and power of this brilliant 20th-century showman, and explores how the genius of Welles still resonates today in the age of Trump, more than 30 years after his death.

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Critic Reviews for The Eyes of Orson Welles

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[A] wayward, very indulgent but deeply felt love letter to Orson Welles.

May 9, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Cousins makes a lively argument for the creative dynamo's abundant hand-drawn work as an integral part of his creative process, even if Welles never advertised himself publicly as a brushes-and-canvas man.

May 9, 2018 | Full Review…

While providing a fascinating insight into some of Welles' visual inspirations for his movies, it's actually some of the archival footage [director Mark] Cousins has cobbled together that truly impresses.

Feb 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Cousins uses the discovery of Welles' sketching and painting hobby as a means of exploring a sensory through-line in his work.

Jan 19, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's a marvellous film that will please those more au fait with Welles' body of work as well as those looking for a unique, accessible introduction.

Oct 31, 2018 | Full Review…

Charting his life through his illustrations, Cousins deftly demonstrates how his designs were a driving force behind his film-making.

Oct 30, 2018 | Full Review…

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