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USA - 70 years old
R.I.P. (1915 - 1985)
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Plain forgettable

The Stranger

by Orson Welles
1946 / 95m - USA
Crime, Thriller
The Stranger poster

A pretty simple noir that fails to impress. The plot is rather basic, Welles is a terrible actor and the soundtrack doesn't do the film any favors. The cinematography is a little highlight though, Welles works well with contrast, but it's not at a level that could actually save the film. At least it was short.

Big nopes

The Other Side of the Wind

by Orson Welles
2018 / 122m - USA
Comedy, Drama
The Other Side of the Wind poster

Welles' final film, finally completed. I'm not a big Orson Welles fan, this pompous, self-important film about film didn't do much to change my mind about him. The editing is poor, the dialogue is grating and the running time is impossible to defend. He should've taken it to the grave with him.

The Lady from Shanghai

by Orson Welles
1947 / 87m - USA
Crime, Thriller
The Lady from Shanghai poster

A simple noir, which got a little extra popularity push because Welles directed it I assume. It's the only reason I can think of why this one stood out to people, as the film itself is very basic and neatly sticks to genre conventions. Unless you're a big noir fan, there's not all that much here.

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Michael partakes in a boat trip, organized by the wealthy Mr. Bannister. Michael's ulterior motive is getting closer to Mr. Bannister's wife Elsa, who on her part seems to be enjoying Michael's presence too. What Michael doesn't realize is that he's the one who is played for a sucker when Elsa involves him in a tricky murder plot.

Performances are rather weak and overstated, the story is bland and predictable. The black and white cinematography is somewhat decent, but Welles did a lot better in the past. He simply rolls through the simplistic narrative here, which is not something I particularly care for. Very forgettable.

The Magnificent Ambersons

by Orson Welles, Fred Fleck, Robert Wise
1942 / 88m - USA
Drama, Romance
The Magnificent Ambersons poster

Citizen Kane

by Orson Welles
1941 / 119m - USA
Drama, Mystery
Citizen Kane poster

Irritation overload

Touch of Evil

by Orson Welles
1958 / 95m - USA
Thriller, Crime
Touch of Evil poster