Orson Welles: The Other Side of the Argument

January 25 - May 7

Lecturer: Jonathan Rosenbaum

From January 25 through May 7, we offer a series of fourteen programs entitled "Orson Welles: The Other Side of the Argument," with weekly Tuesday lectures by Jonathan Rosenbaum, internationally renowned film critic and author of numerous books including "Discovering Orson Welles" and "Cinematic Encounters: Interviews and Dialogues." The series is presented in cooperation with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism. Additional screenings of the films on Friday or Saturday do not include Jonathan Rosenbaum's lecture. Admission to all "Orson Welles" programs is $5 for Film Center members; usual admission prices apply for non-members.

--Martin Rubin

A polemical defense and celebration of Orson Welles’ fourteen features and a few of his shorter works, this series will seek to counter some of the ideological and biographical biases that have viewed him as an out-of-control and unfulfilled artist.  Despite the very unruly and unorthodox aspects of Welles’ career, the richness of his artistry and the perpetual originality of his accomplishments have yielded challenges that this series will attempt to define, engage with, and honor.  The order of the films to be discussed will be roughly chronological, although the existence of varying release dates and different
versions of individual films makes a strict chronology impossible.  Anomalies of this kind, frequently the results of Welles’ unconventional work methods, will be addressed and discussed in some detail, because they suggest that different tools and criteria are sometimes needed in order to understand the nature of Welles’ far from conventional aims and achievements.

--Jonathan Rosenbaum

Upcoming films in "Orson Welles"
(Friday and Saturday dates are subject to change. Please check the relevant month's Gazette and website.)

February 1 and 5                
THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS (1942)

February 8 and 12              
THE STRANGER (1946)

February 15 and 19              

February 22 and 26              
MACBETH (1948)

March 5            
OTHELLO (1955)

March 12         
MR. ARKADIN (1955)

March 19          
TOUCH OF EVIL (1958)

April 2               
THE TRIAL (1962)

April 5 and 9               
CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT (1965)

April 16             
THE IMMORTAL STORY (1968)

April 23             
TBA

April 26 and 30            
F FOR FAKE (1973)

May 7                
FILMING OTHELLO (1978)

Citizen Kane

1941, Orson Welles, USA, 119 min.

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Showtimes:

  • Fri, Jan 25th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Jan 25th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Jan 29th 6:00pm