The Magnificent Orson Welles

3/7/08 to 4/13/08

“Every filmmaker since 1941 is, to some degree, in debt to Orson Welles” (Peter Bogdanovich). Join us as we trace the multifarious career of this Hollywood prodigy, international artist, master thespian, and incorrigible trickster.

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  • Citizen Kane, March 7

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  • It's All True

    • Sunday, April 13 2:00 pm

    Lecture by Joseph McBride. A fascinating history of the unfinished film that brought down Welles's career.

  • The Immortal Story

    • Friday, April 11 9:00 pm

    Welles's melancholy, measured adaptation of Isak Dinesen's fable about the power of stories. With Jeanne Moreau.

  • F for Fake

    • Saturday, April 5 8:50 pm

    In Welles's playful documentary, “accepted notions of authenticity, fakery, experthood, aesthetic value, and narrative are not only debunked but redefined.”-Village Voice.

  • The Trial

    • Friday, April 4 7:00 pm

    Anthony Perkins endures bureaucratic torments in Welles's take on Kafka, “a film of infernal brilliance.”-Time.

  • Chimes at Midnight

    • Sunday, March 30 2:00 pm

    Welles embodies Shakespeare's Falstaff in “a dark masterpiece, shot through with slapstick and sorrow.”-Time Out.

  • The Third Man

    • Friday, March 28 7:00 pm

    Joseph Cotten pursues Welles through postwar Vienna in Graham Greene and Carol Reed's cynical masterpiece. “Seeing it on the big screen is like watching it for the first time.”-N.Y. Times.

  • Touch of Evil

    • Friday, March 28 9:10 pm

    Mexican narc Charlton Heston grapples with gangsters and Welles's monumentally corrupt cop in “the apotheosis of pulp.”-New Yorker.

  • Confidential Report

    • Thursday, March 27 6:30 pm

    An American grifter traces a mysterious financier's past across a noirish Europe. “One of Welles's most inventive and resonant films.”-Village Voice.

  • Macbeth

    • Sunday, March 23 2:00 pm

    Welles restores Shakespeare's tragedy to its roots in Scots legend with an experimental fusion of the Bard and the B picture.

  • Othello

    • Sunday, March 23 4:30 pm

    Welles gives eloquent expression to the twisted relations between Iago and the Moor.

  • The Stranger

    • Thursday, March 13 6:30 pm

    G-man Edward G. Robinson stalks Nazi war criminal Welles in a small-town noir.

  • The Lady from Shanghai

    • Thursday, March 13 8:30 pm

    Welles and Rita Hayworth in a deadly hall of mirrors. “Complex, courageous, and utterly compelling.”-Time Out.

  • Journey into Fear

    • Wednesday, March 12 8:15 pm

    This eccentric, enjoyable spy thriller stars Joseph Cotten as the innocent abroad and on the run.

  • The Magnificent Ambersons

    • Saturday, March 8 5:00 pm

    Welles's exquisitely detailed portrayal of a family's passage into modernity “remains the director's most moving film.”-Time Out.

  • Citizen Kane

    • Friday, March 7 7:00 pm

    At the top of many critics' lists of the best films of all time, Welles's audacious debut still dazzles.