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Classic Scene – Touch of Evil opening shot

Posted by LiveFor on February 2, 2010

Orsen Welles and Charlton Heston plays a Mexican in the classic noir. A brilliant movie and a fantastic opening crane shot all done in one take.

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The Other Side of the Wind – Orson Welles unfinished film

Posted by LiveFor on May 21, 2009

The Other Side of the Wind was directed by Orson Welles and starring John Huston, Peter Bogdanovich, Dennis Hopper and Oja Kodar. The film features Huston as an aging Hollywood director modeled on Ernest Hemingway, who is trying to make a hip with it film in the early seventies that is laden with sex and violence to revive his flagging career.

By 1979, 40 minutes of the film had been edited by Welles, but then through various legal and money problems it all got put on hold. Then Welles died in 1985, yet he left notes as to how the film should be put together.

Over the years various release dates have been announced and postponed.

Most recently Bogdanovich commented that “It’s going to happen in the next month or so. We’re aiming for Cannes (in 2010). Everybody wants it to happen. It’s film history. It will be something for it to finally be seen after all these years.”

We shall have to wait and see.

Here is some footage from the film.

Will it be worth the wait? Are you a fan of Welles and in particular Citizen Kane?

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The Third Man is 50 years old

Posted by LiveFor on March 25, 2009

The Third Man is a wonderful example of the good that can come from talented people working together in real collaboration. Director Carol Reed, writer Graham Greene, and the cast (especially Orson Welles, in one of the crucial supporting performances in film history) together created a work that hasn’t lost any of its potency in the 50 years since it was made. Held together by Anton Karas’ versatile zither theme, the film brims with a melancholy lyricism that’s expressed with perfect pitch in the opening line, “I never knew the old Vienna before the war…”

Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten), an author of cheap Western fictions, steps off a train in bomb-shattered, occupied Vienna just after the end of World War II to meet up with boyhood chum Harry Lime (Welles), who has offered him a job. But Lime has just been killed in a street accident, and Holly’s attempts to find out how it happened only antagonize those who knew Lime best. Lime’s shadowy associates, his lover, Anna (Alida Valli), and especially Calloway (Trevor Howard), the coldly realistic British major who’s been investigating Lime’s black market dealings, all think Holly’s a fool for asking questions; they only want him to go home. Holly gradually realizes that Lime not only was up to no good – he was no good. And Holly winds up finding out even more than that – more than he ever wanted to know, in fact – for Harry Lime is still alive. – Culture Vulture

This is the scene where Harry Lime, the character played by Orson Welles, appears for the first time.

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