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Film Series : Orson Welles: The Other Side of the Argument

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1946, Orson Welles, USA, 95 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Feb 8th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Feb 8th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Feb 12th 6:00pm

"An inventive, highly enjoyable thriller."--Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

After three years without a directing credit, Welles was kept under a tight rein in this pre- written project intended to restore his commercial credibility. It nevertheless demonstrated how incapable he was of making a routine film, as evidenced by its irrepressibly flamboyant visual style and its close-to-his-heart political message about resurgent fascism. Welles plays an Eichmann-like Nazi fugitive passing as a prep-school teacher in a picture-postcard New England town, until a government investigator (Robinson) ferrets him out and his naïve new bride (Young) becomes a threat to his cover story. The result is the most Hitchcockian of Welles's films, with a screenplay heavily indebted to SHADOW OF A DOUBT and a bravura climax set atop a precipitous clock tower. 35mm. (MR)

The Tuesday screening will include a lecture/discussion by renowned critic and Welles authority Jonathan Rosenbaum.

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