Watch: Orson Welles: A Five-Minute Exploration

Watch: Orson Welles: A Five-Minute Exploration

Citizen Kane,‘ ‘The Magnificent Ambersons,’ ‘Macbeth,’ ‘The Trial,’ and ‘F for Fake‘ are among the numerous films by Orson Welles turned over and examined in this thoughtful Fandor video essay by Jonathan Rosenbaum and Kevin B. Lee. Early on in the piece, Rosenbaum, author of Discovering Orson Welles, makes an assessment that could be true of any individual’s relationship with great artwork: one is constantly in the process of getting to know it. And get to know Welles we do: the video is not so much a chronology of Welles’ films as a highly personalized tour of Rosenbaum’s experiences of them. Welles would have been 100 this year, and with the passing of that milestone it is worth surveying and re-examining his work, even perhaps trying to view it freshly, unburdened of its substantial critical background.

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