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22nd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival

The Eyes of Orson Welles

2018, Mark Cousins, UK, 115 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Mar 22nd 2:00pm
  • Tue, Mar 26th 6:00pm

“A marvelous film that will please those more au fait with Welles’ body of work as well as those looking for a unique, accessible introduction.”--Kaleem Aftab, Cineuropa

Critic and documentarian Mark Cousins uses the discovery of a trove of unseen paintings and sketches by Orson Welles as the backbone for a journey through Welles’s life and filmography. Cousins begins with Welles’s time as a drawing student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, speculating on how his hours spent surrounded by classical paintings and sculptures later influenced the revolutionary compositional sense he brought to cinema, before moving freely through Welles’s career to find new connections and echoes between his films, tastes, politics, and relationships. Narrated with an inviting candor by Cousins himself as a direct appeal to the master filmmaker, performer, magician, and raconteur, THE EYES OF ORSON WELLES brings Welles’s towering personality into focus and provides a rare glimpse at an artist whose talents extended beyond the cinema. In English. DCP digital. Courtesy of Janus Films. (Cameron Worden)

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