The Eyes of Orson Welles

The Eyes of Orson Welles
  • 2018
  • UK
  • 1h 50min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Mark Cousins
  • Cast: Mark Cousins
  • UK release: 17 August 2018

Unconventional film essay that looks at the life and work of one of the greatest filmmakers through the prism of his drawings and paintings. Cousins comes across at times as self-satisfied, but he really knows his subject and the result is rich, rewarding and original.

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The Eyes of Orson Welles

Granted exclusive access to hundreds of private drawings and paintings by Orson Welles, filmmaker Mark Cousins dives deep into the visual world of this legendary director and actor, to reveal a portrait of the artist as he’s never been seen before – through his own eyes, sketched with his own hand, painted with his own brush. Executive produced by Michael Moore, The Eyes of Orson Welles brings vividly to life the passions, politics and power of this brilliant 20th-century showman, and explores how the genius of Welles still resonates today in the age of Trump, more than 30 years after his death.

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The Eyes of Orson Welles

13 Aug 20184 stars

Mark Cousins finds a fresh perspective on the filmmaking legend by focusing on his artwork

As biographer and subject, Mark Cousins and Orson Welles are well suited – the intelligent, impishly personable cinephile casting his eye over one of the greatest filmmakers in the history of the medium, and its ultimate showman. Unsurprisingly, the…

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