Orson Welles: Hello Americans

Saturday 16 March – Sunday 26 May 2013

Ten films directed by Orson Welles.


Saturday, March 16th, 2013

  • 11:30am: Citizen Kane

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

  • 11:30am: Citizen Kane

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

  • 11:30am: The Stranger

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

  • 11:30am: The Stranger

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

  • 11:30am:

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

  • 11:30am: The Magnificent Ambersons

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

  • 11:30am: The Magnificent Ambersons

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

  • 11:30am: The Lady From Shanghai

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

  • 11:30am: The Lady From Shanghai

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

  • 11:30am: Confidential Report aka Mr. Arkadin

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

  • 11:30am: Confidential Report aka Mr. Arkadin

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

  • 11:30am: Touch of Evil (Preview Version)

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

  • 11:30am: Touch of Evil (Preview Version)

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

  • 11:30am: Chimes at Midnight

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

  • 11:30am: The Trial

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

  • 11:30am: The Trial

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

  • 11:30am: F for Fake

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

  • 10:30am: F for Fake


  • Sat 16 Mar 2013, 11:30am
  • Sun 17 Mar 2013, 11:30am

Citizen Kane (1941)

directed by Orson Welles starring Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore in English

Consistently rated the best film ever made, Orson Welles’ debut broke all the rules and invented some new ones in telling the life story of a Hearst-like media mogul whose excesses and ego damn him to a wealthy yet lonely end. And how’s this for making you feel lazy: Orson Welles was only 25 when he made the picture!

  • Sat 23 Mar 2013, 11:30am
  • Sun 24 Mar 2013, 11:30am

The Stranger (1946)

directed by Orson Welles starring Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson, Loretta Young in English, Spanish

Welles plays a Nazi spy living sedately among a quiet Connecticut town, about to be married to the unsuspecting Loretta Young. In comes the wonderfully understated Edward G. Robinson, a federal agent on the trail of a Nazi spook. The smoldering performances by Welles and Robinson as they engage in a glacially-paced cat-and-mouse game are thrillingly tense!

  • Sat 13 Apr 2013, 11:30am
  • Sun 14 Apr 2013, 11:30am

The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

directed by Orson Welles starring Tim Holt, Joseph Cotten, Dolores Costello in English

The follow-up to Citizen Kane is a fascinating adaptation of the Booth Tarkington novel about a family unwilling to change their way of life with the times. Wrapped up in making nearly a dozen different projects at once, Orson Welles foolishly left the post-production work in the studio’s hands, which resulted in nearly an hour of Welles’ rough-cut being removed. The long-lost footage has fueled one of the greatest What-Ifs in cinema history, right up there with Greed.

  • Sat 20 Apr 2013, 11:30am
  • Sun 21 Apr 2013, 11:30am

The Lady From Shanghai (1947)

directed by Orson Welles starring Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane in English

Orson Welles takes the classic femme fatale tale to globe-spanning lengths and hallucinatory heights. Hard-luck seaman Michael O’Hara (Welles) tumbles into the net of mysterious Elsa Bannister (Hayworth) only to find himself caught in the murderous conspiracies of her viperous cohorts. One of the most startlingly inventive crime films released by a Hollywood studio in the 1940s.

  • Sat 27 Apr 2013, 11:30am
  • Sun 28 Apr 2013, 11:30am

Confidential Report aka Mr. Arkadin (1955)

directed by Orson Welles starring Orson Welles, Peter van Eyck, Michael Redgrave in English, German, French, Polish with English subtitles

Welles’s Mr. Arkadin — the story of an elusive billionaire who hires an American smuggler to investigate his past, leading to a dizzying descent into a cold-war landscape of a Europe trying to erase its history — is a famously mercurial production existing in multiple different versions, thanks to Welles being banned from the editing room. We will screen the European cut of the film, entitled Confidential Report.

  • Sat 4 May 2013, 11:30am
  • Sun 5 May 2013, 11:30am

Touch of Evil (Preview Version) (1958)

directed by Orson Welles starring Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Janet Leigh in English, Spanish

Opening with its famous three-minute-and-twenty-second crane shot, this final example of film noir is filled with baroque inflections of style showcasing a master filmmaker’s command of the medium. The moment crooked cop Quinlan (Orson Welles) shows his inebriate face onscreen and stares down Mexican Narc Charlton Heston, you know you’re in for one hell of a ride.

We will be screening the “preview” version of the film, before it was cut for general release.

  • Sun 12 May 2013, 11:30am

Chimes at Midnight (1965)

directed by Orson Welles starring Orson Welles, Jeanne Moreau, Margaret Rutherford in English

Combining parts of five Shakespeare plays, Welles centers on the recurring character of Sir John Falstaff, friend and father figure to the heir to the British throne. Welles was born to play Falstaff, a man whose mouth and mind are as oversized as his belly. Roundly considering Orson Welles’ greatest achievement, it’s said there’s not a word in the film not written by Shakespeare. Quite a feat, considering the film feels so completely Orson Welles!

50th anniversary.

  • Sat 18 May 2013, 11:30am
  • Sun 19 May 2013, 11:30am

The Trial (1962)

directed by Orson Welles starring Anthony Perkins, Jeanne Moreau, Romy Schneider in English

A gripping adaptation of Franz Kafka’s tale of Joseph K (Anthony Perkins in an outstanding performance), a man arrested for a crime that is never explained to him. Though his neighbors all scorn him, no one seems willing or able to help him, not even his mysterious defense attorney. Filmed in an abandoned train station in Paris, the strange setting perfectly captured the bizarre and nightmarish world of Kafka’s mythical totalitarian state.

  • Sat 25 May 2013, 11:30am
  • Sun 26 May 2013, 11:30am

F for Fake (1973)

directed by Orson Welles starring Orson Welles, Oja Kodar, Joseph Cotten in English, Spanish, French

In Orson Welles’s free-form documentary F for Fake, the legendary filmmaker (and self-described charlatan) gleefully engages the central preoccupation of his career—the tenuous line between truth and illusion, art and lies.

Beginning with portraits of world-renowned art forger Elmyr de Hory and his equally devious biographer, Clifford Irving, Welles embarks on a dizzying cinematic journey that simultaneously exposes and revels in fakery and fakers of all stripes—not the least of whom is Welles himself.

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