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Filmmaking Studies

A series of programs that offers deeper insight into the art of filmmaking along with behind-the-scene meetings with actors, producers and directors who are part of the feature film business. Series: 4 programs (14 to 60 minutes) Click for more

Orson Welles' Italian Experience: Rosabella (Rosebud)

"Highly Recommended. This excellent documentary reveals the passionate influence Welles' Italian experiences had on his personal and professional life." -National Media Review
"This is fascinating footage of Orson Welles' life and work in Italy and extended reminiscences by producers, directors, editors, and actors who worked with him. Welles was arguably a creative genius, but he never mastered many common, everyday tasks (for example, writing a check was beyond him) and his genius was obscured by his inability to bring projects to completion. The extended saga of his unfinished magnum opus 'Don Quixote' is a main focus of this documentary." -EMRO Review
Orson Welles (1915 - 1985) was one of the most accomplished artists of the 20th century; four of his films (Citizen Kane; The Magnificent Ambersons; Touch of Evil; Chimes at Midnight) are considered some of the greatest ever made. In fact, the American Film Institute twice named Citizen Kane as the best U.S. movie of all time. ("Rosabella" is the name given to "Rosebud" in the Italian version of the film.) Welles also gained worldwide notoriety in 1938 when his radio adaptation of H. G. Wells' novel The War of the Worlds caused widespread panic with his listeners, and more fame being married once to Rita Hayworth. However, few know of Welles' decades-long experiences in Italy. In this classic documentary we trace the story of the great actor/director's life in Italy and other countries in Europe through remarkable film footage, as well as impassioned interviews with those who lived and worked close with him at the time, including actress Suzanne Cloutier, his friend Alessandro Tasca di Cuto, Music Director Francesco Lavanino, Director Gary Graver (Making Movies with Orson Welles), Robert Perpignani, Oberdan Troiani, Giorgio and Rosalba Tonti, Arnoldo Foa, Mauro Bonanni, Renzo and Maurizio Lucidi, and Mariano Faggiani. We learn of his third and last wife of thirty years, actress Paola Mori, and their daughter Beatrice; also of his relationships with actresses Lea Padovani and Oja Kodar; we view rare footage of Citizen Kane, Macbeth, Othello, and the unfinished Don Quixote and Julius Caesar; and we close with his final appearance on The Merv Griffin Show the day before he died. Sub-titled. Produced by Maia Borelli. 02/09DE JSCA 60 min.
Also with Orson Welles: The Stranger; Who's Out There? The Search for Extra-Terrestrial Life,; Jane Eyre
Associated Article: The Cameraman -The New Yorker Magazine

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