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The Eyes of Orson Welles

The Eyes of Orson Welles is a movie starring Mark Cousins, Jack Klaff, and Beatrice Welles. Mark Cousins dives deep into the visual world of legendary director and actor Orson Welles to reveal a portrait of the artist as he's never...

Other Titles
Oczy Orsona Wellesa, La mirada de Orson Welles, Lo sguardo di Orson Welles, Os Olhos de Orson Welles
Running Time
1 hours 55 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Documentary
Director
Mark Cousins
Writer
Mark Cousins
Actors
Orson Welles, Beatrice Welles, Mark Cousins, Jack Klaff
Country
UK
Year
2018
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Mark Cousins dives deep into the visual world of legendary director and actor Orson Welles to reveal a portrait of the artist as he's never been seen before.

Comments about documentary «The Eyes of Orson Welles» (20)

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Kathryn W.

This is an important film that gets you thinking about your own world, about the way things are. It is an artistic, philosophical film that tells a powerful story of a man who lived to see the birth of a new cinema. Welles had his own unique way of making movies, that is, he would go to an audience, place the camera on the actors, show them the scene, then go back to the camera. In that way, he had an understanding of the medium and how it should be made. It was done with such elegance and mastery that it has the power to make the viewer forget that the movie they are watching is simply a collection of images and they might as well be reading a book. When you see this movie you feel as though you have been watching the director's work. You see the world from his point of view. You see him make movies in a way that is completely unique. You see the director behind the scenes, in the studio, in the theater. You see how he had a great deal of freedom, how he could say whatever he wanted. You see the real life that he lived, the kind of man he was, how he treated his family and his friends. You see how he went to work every day, and even after all the acclaim he received he was still a little weak. You see the filmmaker at work, in his studio, and in his theater. And you see him in his show, in the audience. You see his wife, his daughter, and his other relatives, and you see them through the eyes of Orson Welles. You see his assistant, his mother, his sister, and all his friends and acquaintances. You see all the wonderful things that he did. And then, you see how the power of his vision is still with us, and how it still works. A man of great vision, who knows how to get the most out of the medium he is using, who is still important even today.

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Jonathan L.

The most important movie of the twentieth century, "The Eyes of Orson Welles" was shown in 2004 at the Musuem of the U.S. National Archives in Washington, D.C. As I watched the documentary, I was struck by how the audience gasped in awe, often in astonishment at the great performances of Orson Welles and the cast. As Orson Welles himself said, "My life is a movie. My movie is a hundred hours of your life." I was not surprised to see that many of the cast members had died. The director, Edward Zwick, told the audience that his films "are not about actors. They are about story and about us." And it is his movie that I have. It is a fascinating, exhilarating, and deeply moving tribute to a master of the medium, the man who created and performed his masterpiece over an entire year. His legacy is now his legacy, his legacy to us all. The film, shot in the American West, the scenes are authentic, the story is fascinating, the audience was astounded. The film was shown in "two-day" screenings and at the 2014 American Film Institute's 100th Anniversary Celebration in New York City. I hope this film will be shown in other cities and in other countries. It will be an important part of our history.

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Kevin Tran

This film is an excellent documentary that is very enjoyable. The narration is very informative and makes the film very much more enjoyable. The film is a must see for anyone who has been a fan of Orson Welles. It's an excellent look at the man who was known as "The Magnificent".

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Robert

This movie is more than just a film, it is a study of a film. It is a film, in all senses of the word, from a technical standpoint, but it is also a film about how a film affects the world, the people around it and the world as a whole. It is not the film itself, it is the medium. This is a lesson that any film maker should take to heart.

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Joe L.

I had heard of Orson Welles for years, and I was somewhat disappointed to see how he was treated during his lifetime. I read a few of his letters to people and his relationships with them were always interesting. This documentary was very informative and the best I have seen. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about the man and what he did. The way the production was done was very good, and the interviews with the friends and family of Welles were very interesting. I have seen documentaries about the same topic that were not as good as this one. It is a very interesting documentary that I would recommend to anyone.

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Bruce A.

I found this documentary to be very interesting. There is very little information on Orson Welles' life and this documentary is filled with interesting tidbits about his life and career. The film also does a good job of explaining the events surrounding the Orson Welles' death and Welles' relationship with his wife, Lillian. It's very interesting to see the relationship between Welles and his wife, Lillian. This documentary was well done. I would recommend watching it.

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Olivia M.

I'm a big fan of Orson Welles. I've seen every film he's been in. In fact, I was in a screening of "The Age of Innocence" last night. I thought the film was brilliant. I think the story is brilliant, as well as the acting and the editing. It's the only film that I've seen that captures the real-life story of Orson Welles. I've been told that this film is not supposed to be a documentary. I didn't believe it until I saw the trailer. I saw it with my dad and he agreed that the film was a documentary. Now, it was only when I saw the trailer that I realized it was a documentary. I would say that it is a must see. I give it 10 stars.

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Harold V.

I've been a fan of Welles' for a long time. I was moved to tears by him when I first heard of his death, and his story of how he was crushed by his lack of success and finally gave up his career to concentrate on a film that had no chance of success. He was a good man. And I was so touched by this documentary. It's a gripping, fascinating, and entertaining movie. I've seen it twice, and I'll see it again.

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Kimberly

In 1946, a revolutionary group of artists (exhibitionists, anti-Nazis and Communist Party members) sought to disrupt the official propaganda of the United States government in the name of artistic expression. A film of their uprising, THE EYES OF ORSON WELLES, was commissioned by the American government to be shown to the entire world. The work was conceived as a documentary and became an opera on Broadway. The revolutionists staged their protests in several cities and theatres. The film is based on a radio broadcast of the exhibition and the documentary that followed it. It is the story of the political and social struggles that occurred within the arts community. The story is told through interviews with the artists and members of the artistic community. It is the story of the people who took a stand against the government and the influence of the Communist Party. It is also the story of how the government eventually covered up the rebellion, re-pressured the artists to stay silent and keep silent, and pushed the artists to come out against the government. The film is an outstanding documentary that should be shown to everyone. It is a strong story and must be shown. The film is very well-made, the interviews are great and the story is great. The film will be a must-see for everyone.

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Kathryn

This film gives an intimate look at the making of Orson Welles' THE EYES OF ORSON WELLES. It follows the events of the film from the set to the screening of the film. The story itself is not that interesting but it does tell the story of a great filmmaker who was so good at what he did that it is hard to put into words. The film is also a look at the importance of cinema and the art of film. It does not show you the details of the film but rather it shows you how a great film was made. It also does give you a look at the art of film as a whole and it does give you a good look at the amazing career of Orson Welles.

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Laura

What can I say? I absolutely love this movie. It is a wonderful tribute to a remarkable film-maker. How could I forget Orson Welles. I can't think of a better person to be remembered as the greatest filmmaker in the history of the art form. This documentary is definitely a must see. If you love Welles and have seen this documentary, you'll be able to see him in the best light. Orson Welles' vision was so full of life and excitement and thoughtfulness. His work is a masterpiece, and this documentary is an amazing tribute to his life and work. The interviews are fantastic. If you love Welles, this documentary is a must see.

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Joseph

I recently caught the film "The Eyes of Orson Welles" at the Washington Square Film Festival. While it was not the best film I have ever seen, it was an important one. It brought to the surface many of the more difficult questions in film history, like what the hell did Orson Welles see in the man who hired him to play his "It is a Wonderful Life" character? What was the deal with that fruit salad? (Wait, was that fruit salad a metaphor for Orson Welles' career? Was that how he saw his career in life?) It also showed how much he loved his family and how much he loved his work. The film touched on the weird art of Orson Welles' sound. There was also a real sense of love that he felt for the film. While some people will dismiss it as a joke or a romantic drama, I think it was brilliant. When someone like Orson Welles says something like, "I am the greatest living genius", it is important to remember that he meant it. I hope that the film gets better treatment, because I feel like there was a lot of "fear" in the audience that it would be all bad.

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Sara

I have seen the movie once and I wanted to see it again. I am a huge fan of Welles. He was a huge influence in my life. I also have an interest in film history and Welles was not the only person to have influenced films. I read a few books about Welles and what I have learned has helped me tremendously in my film studies. I really do believe this is a great documentary. I have also found out there is a short story about Welles, titled "The Music Lesson". I am a huge fan of Shakespeare. I have never seen the original play but I have heard of it. I believe this is a great film to help educate students about Shakespeare. I am going to see it again and I am going to add it to my collection of films to watch.

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Janet Burton

This is the most fascinating documentary about Orson Welles, and possibly the best. With such a diverse cast of directors, actors, and historians, this documentary is really a must-see for anyone interested in Welles. It is definitely a work of art.

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Steven

I had no idea what to expect when I saw the "best picture" nomination for this film. As a film student, I was excited to see this film because it was so different from the usual movies. My wife also agreed with me when she said it was very original and had a great story. The story was extremely unique and the characters portrayed were very interesting. The only negative aspect was that it could have been a little longer. The directors did a great job in building suspense and there were a few scenes that really had me on the edge of my seat. There were a few mistakes that could have been fixed, but overall it was a great film and a great effort. It had great performances, an original story, great cinematography, and great directing. I would highly recommend this film to anyone. It is a must-see.

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Katherine Boyd

The mind boggles with this film, which will probably be very familiar to many of us. It is a very well made film, with great performances by the cast and the crew. The film opens with Orson Welles' famed "Othello", but it was the famous "Sopranos" episode with Oscar Wilde that brought the real story to life. The film is just a few days old, but I've watched it more than a dozen times. The director, Martin Scorsese, made a very fine film, as did the cast and crew. I wish there were more films of this kind.

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Amber

I remember seeing this film back in 1984 and was blown away by the way it affected me. At the time, I was a junior in high school. I had recently met a woman who was about to enter college and was interested in film. She wanted to see it and show it to me. I had to borrow a video camera to help me get it to the store. I was impressed with the quality of the film, it had a good sound, and I was able to tell that the director and the actors were shooting the film themselves. As it turned out, I was a producer on the film. I was lucky to get to watch it, but I didn't understand it that well. So it was with the grace of God that I watched it again last night. I learned so much about film and the process of making it. I thought it was fascinating how it was made. The actors and the director are amazing. I think it's great that it's being put on DVD. It will be fun to have the DVD as a gift for friends to watch. I would highly recommend this film to everyone. I am so glad it is being released on DVD. It will be worth the money to anyone who is willing to see it. I have already purchased the DVD and will be watching it again. The only negative comment I have is that I did not like the film's ending. I thought it was too abrupt. I would like to see it again sometime.

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Bruce W.

When I first heard about this documentary, I was excited, but disappointed. I wanted to watch it because of the main character, but I was too disappointed. This documentary has been under-rated. It was an excellent job of making the film and has given a lot of information for people who are looking for information. I would recommend that everyone watch this documentary. It's informative, it's interesting, it's entertaining and it's very entertaining. I loved this documentary. I gave it a 10/10.

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Laura

It's very easy to come across and never talk about, because there's just not that much left about the people and events that made them what they are. And there is not much left. This is the story of Orson Welles. He is known as the greatest director of all time, but he is not really known as a great human being. In fact, most of the people who see this documentary will likely not remember him at all. If you are interested in this man and his work, you will need to see this documentary. It is very well made and well edited. It takes you through his career, his personal life, and his relationship with his wife and children. It is a very important document, and one that deserves to be seen by everyone.

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Walter

I have seen this film on numerous occasions and have watched it several times over. I am a fan of Welles and this film has given me much insight into his work. This film is fantastic and has given me an insight into the man's mental state, I feel this is the best film I have ever seen. There is a great deal of emotion in this film and it is the best I have seen. It is an emotional film and although I felt it was sad at times, I found it so well made and well put together that I cannot believe it was made in 1947! I am also a fan of Welles and I feel this film gives a great insight into the man and his work. It is wonderful and is an excellent film.