A unique and fascinating trip to 1950s Europe with the director of Citizen Kane !
In 1955, Orson Welles made a six-episode mini-series produced by British television. Despite the international dimension of its title, the series is shot exclusively in Europe. The opportunity for the viewer to travel with the great American filmmaker, from Paris to Vienna via Madrid, and to discover the habits and customs of these places.
AROUND THE WORLD WITH ORSON WELLES
(1956 – B&W – 155 mins)
( The Basque Countries – 25 mins)
Orson Welles sets up his camera in a French village in the Basque Country. He visits the family of one of his recently deceased friends, Americans who have been living in this region with a very strong identity for seven years...
BASQUE PELOTA (25 mins)
The filmmaker continues his observation of the Basque Country through the study of the game of Basque pelota, a veritable institution in the region...
RETURN TO VIENNA
( Revisiting Vienna – 26 mins)
Seven years after the filming of Carol Reed's Third Man , Orson Welles sets up his camera in Vienna. He observes the daily life of its inhabitants by visiting emblematic places of Viennese life, from the famous Café Mozart to the Demel pastry shop, passing by the Hotel Sacher...
SAINT-GERMAIN-DES-PRES (26 mins)
In Paris, in the bohemian district of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. We meet among others Jean Cocteau, Juliette Gréco and the American philosopher and visual artist Raymond Duncan...
THE ELDERS OF THE QUEEN OF ENGLAND
( London – 27 mins)
In London, in the districts of Hackney and Chelsea. Orson Welles gives the floor to residents of a hospice for underprivileged widows, and to former career soldiers...
CORRIDA IN MADRID
( Spain: The Bullfight – 26 mins)
In the heart of a Madrid arena, Orson Welles sets up his camera in the midst of bullfighting aficionados. Himself passionate about bullfighting, the filmmaker looks back on the customs of this true national sport...
. THE DOMINICI AFFAIR BY ORSON WELLES (2000 – Colors and B&W – 52 mn)
A documentary directed by Christophe Cognet on La Tragédie de Lurs , an unfinished episode of the mini-series Around the world with Orson Welles . It is also the only document shot shortly after the trial in which a large part of the protagonists of the Dominici affair express themselves.
. INTRODUCTION BY CHRISTOPHE COGNET, FILMAST
Released July 8, 2015