A retrospective of one of the most influential and charismatic figures in North American cinema.
An acclaimed filmmaker, actor, theatre director, screenwriter, and producer, Orson Welles worked extensively in radio, theatre, film and television. Hailed as the new 'wunderkind of American theatre' at 23 years of age, he rocketed to international fame for the celebrated 1938 radio adaptation of HG Wells' novel The War of the Worlds (1898). By 25, he'd co-written, directed and starred in Citizen Kane 1941, a virtuosic achievement nominated for nine Academy Awards and listed by critics as one of the greatest films of all time. A singularly creative force, Welles' stormy relationship with the major Hollywood studios saw only 12 feature-length films and two documentaries completed in a career that spanned five decades. This program presents all 12 features as well as his documentary F for Fake 1973, and a selection of Welles' film and television appearances and radio broadcasts.
RADIO Cinema A The Australian Cinémathèque presented three radio broadcasts narrated by Orson Welles; The War of the Worlds 1938, The Green Goddess 1939 and The Adventures of Harry Lime 1951.
Best known for his celebrated 1938 radio adaptation of HG Wells' novel The War of the Worlds (1898) Welles rich and intelligent delivery gave dramatic urgency to the radio melodramas raising them above the radio fair of the day. Between 1936 -1941 Welles was involved in over one hundred radio productions as writer, actor and director. With the release of Citizen Kane 1941 Welles focused his energies towards film however he continued to lend his voice to productions through to the early 1950s.
QAGOMA thanks Academy Film Archive, Los Angeles; British Film Institute, London; La Cineteca del Friuli, Gemona; Filmoteca Española, Madrid; National Film and Sound Archive, Australia, Canberra; Svenska Filminstitutet, Stockholm; and UCLA Film and Television Archive, Los Angeles, for providing film materials for this programs. Program curated by Amanda Slack-Smith, Australian Cinémathèque.
List of Works
Director: Short Films and Features
The Hearts of Age 1934
Citizen Kane 1941
The Magnificent Ambersons 1942
Journey into Fear 1943
The Stranger 1946
The Lady from Shanghai 1947
Mr Arkadin 1955
Touch of Evil 1958
The Trial 1962
Chimes at Midnight 1965
The Immortal Story 1968
Jane Eyre 1943 | Director: Robert Stevenson
Tomorrow is Forever 1946 | Director: Irving Pichel
The Third Man 1949 | Director: Carol Reed
Moby Dick 1956 | Director: John Huston
The Long Hot Summer 1958 | Director: Martin Ritt
Compulsion 1959 | Director: Richard Fleischer
A Man for All Seasons 1966 | Director: Fred Zinnemann
It's All True: Based on an Unfinished Film by Orson Welles 1993 | Directors: Bill Krohn, Myron Meisel, Orson Welles, Richard Wilson, Norman Foster
F is for Fake 1973
Orson Welles: The One-Man Band 1995 | Directors: Vassili Silovic, Oja Kodar
Theatre, Television and Radio
Theatre: Too Much Johnson 1938
Television: Around the World with Orson Welles 1955
Television: Colgate Theatre: The Foundation of Youth 1958
Television: Orson Welles: The Paris Interviews 1960 | Director: Allan King
Radio: The War of the Worlds 1938
Radio: The Green Goddess 1939
Radio: H.G. Wells Meets Orson Welles 1940
Radio: The Adventures of Harry Lime 1951–52 (Ep.37 Man of Mystery)