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Orson Welles


Date of Birth:
6 May 1915Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA

Date of Death:
10 October 1985Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart attack)

Birth Name:
George Orson Welles

6' 1½" (1.87 m)

Short Biography:
His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was nine) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr. Maurice Bernstein. In 1931, he graduated from the Todd School in Woodstock, Illinois; he turned down college offers for a sketching tour of Ireland. He tried unsuccessfully to enter the London and Broadway stages, traveling some more in Morocco and Spain (where he fought in the bullring). Recommendations by Thornton Wilder and Alexander Woollcott got him into Katherine Cornell's road company, with which he made his New York debut as Tybalt in 1934. The same year, he married, directed his first short, and appeared on radio for the first time. He began working with John Houseman and formed the Mercury Theatre with him in 1937. In 1938, they produced "The Mercury Theatre on the Air", famous for its broadcast version of "The War of the Worlds" (intended as a Halloween prank). His first film to be seen by the public was Citizen Kane (1941), a commercial failure losing RKO $150,000, but regarded by many as the best film ever made. Many of his next films were commercial failures and he exiled himself to Europe in 1948. In 1956, he directed Touch of Evil (1958); it failed in the United States but won a prize at the 1958 Brussels World's Fair. In 1975, in spite of all his box-office failures, he received the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 1984, the Directors Guild of America awarded him its highest honor, the D.W. Griffith Award. His reputation as a filmmaker has climbed steadily ever since.

A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995)

# 01365 IMDb

A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995)

By Martin Scorsese, Michael Henry Wilson

Documentary (3h 45min)


Fine! Rated 8.6 after 4,307 votes on 12-Oct-18.

Despite its nearly four-hour running time, this is a uniquely personal look at movies from one of the late 20th century's great directors and film historians. The film consists of head & shoulder shots of Scorsese speaking into the camera for a minute or two, followed by 10-15 minutes of film clips with Scorsese voice-over. Scorsese approaches the films in terms of how they affected him as a (...)

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)

# 09631 IMDb

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)

TaglineThe magic and madness of making "Apocalypse Now"

By Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper, Eleanor Coppola (documentary footage)

Documentary (1h 36min)


Fine! Rated 8.2 after 16,068 votes on 22-Aug-18.

6 wins & 3 nominations

Documents the sensational events surrounding the making of 'Apocalypse Now' and Francis Ford Coppola's struggle with nature, governments, actors, and self-doubt. Includes footage and sound secretly recorded by Elanor Coppola, wife of Francis.

The Transformers: The Movie (1986)

# 01759 IMDb

The Transformers: The Movie (1986)

TaglineBeyond good. Beyond evil. Beyond your wildest imagination.

By Nelson Shin

Animation, Action, Family, Sci-Fi (1h 24min)

USA USA, Japan Japan

Fine! Rated 7.3 after 34,811 votes on 18-Oct-18.

2 nominations

It is the year 2005. The war between The Autobots and Decepticons has escalated all the way to Cybertron, which the Decepticons have reclaimed. The Autobots, without Optimus Prime after a conflict on Earth takes his life, must now face a destiny they know nothing of. Megatron and a group of forsaken Decepticons have been reformed by the ultimate transformer, a planet consuming demon known as (...)

History of the World: Part I (1981)

# 01632 IMDb

History of the World: Part I (1981)


By Mel Brooks

Comedy, History (1h 32min)


Rated 6.9 after 41,363 votes on 04-Oct-18.

From the dawn of man to the distant future, mankind's evolution (or lack thereof) is traced. Often ridiculous but never serious, we learn the truth behind the Roman Emperor, we learn what REALLY happened at the Last Supper, the circumstances that surrounded the French Revolution, how to test eunuchs, and what kind of shoes the Spanish Inquisitor wore.

Shogun (1980)

# 01778 IMDb

Shogun (1980)

By Jerry London (unknown episodes)

Adventure, Drama (1h)

USA USA, Japan Japan

Fine! Rated 8.2 after 8,900 votes on 01-May-16.

8 wins & 13 nominations

John Blackthorne, an English ship pilot, whose vessel wrecked upon the Japanese coast in the early 17th century is forced to deal with the two most powerful men in Japan in these days. He is thrown in the midst of a war between Toranaga and Ishido, who struggle for the title of Shogun which will give ultimate power to the one who possesses it.

The Muppet Movie (1979)

# 03791 IMDb

The Muppet Movie (1979)

TaglineMore entertaining than humanly possible

By James Frawley

Adventure, Comedy, Family, Musical (1h 35min)


Fine! Rated 7.6 after 28,318 votes on 23-Aug-18.

Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 8 nominations

Story of a frog, a bear and a pig (portraying themselves are Kermit the Frog, Fozzie the Bear and Miss Piggy) on the road to Hollywood. Kermit claims it is "approximately" the way the Muppets began. While on their nationwide trek, they encounter Doc Hopper who plans to make Kermit his spokesman for his Frog Leg restaurant chain. Muppet characters' first outing in the movies features cameos in the (...)

Voyage of the Damned (1976)

# 09363 IMDb

Voyage of the Damned (1976)

TaglineIn The Shadow of Death...

By Stuart Rosenberg

Drama, War (2h 35min)


Rated 6.5 after 2,161 votes on 05-Oct-18.

Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 6 nominations

937 Jewish Germans are offered safe haven in Havana, Cuba, in 1939. They depart Hamburg in high spirits, looking forward to their new life. However, after weeks of unsuccessful pleas they are forced to return back to Europe.

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi (1975)

# 09285 IMDb

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi (1975)

By Chuck Jones

Animation, Short, Family (30min)


Fine! Rated 8.1 after 1,442 votes on 28-May-18.

An English family living in India discovers a mongoose living on the estate. They decide to keep him as pet, in the hopes that he will keep them safe from the many cobras that live in the surrounding jungle. Their new pet quickly begins earning his keep, as two cobras make the family their new target.

Vérités et mensonges (1974)

# 02777 IMDb

Vérités et mensonges (1974)

(F for Fake)

By Orson Welles

Documentary (1h 25min)

France France, Iran Iran, West Germany West Germany

Fine! Rated 7.8 after 12,333 votes on 01-Aug-18.

1 win

Orson Welles' free-form documentary about fakery focusses on the notorious art forger Elmyr de Hory and Elmyr's biographer, Clifford Irving, who also wrote the celebrated fraudulent Howard Hughes autobiography, then touches on the reclusive Hughes and Welles' own career (which started with a faked resume and a phony Martian invasion). On the way, Welles plays a few tricks of his own on the (...)

Treasure Island (1972)

# 08876 IMDb

Treasure Island (1972)

By John Hough (English language version), Andrea Bianchi (uncredited in English version) (as Andrew White), Antonio Margheriti (uncredited)

Adventure, Family (1h 34min)

France France, Italy Italy, Spain Spain, UK UK, West Germany West Germany

Rated 6.0 after 951 votes on 13-Aug-18.

Based upon the story by R. L. Stevenson, the film shows Orson Welles as Long John Silver, pirate chief, who would like to find hidden treasure.

A Safe Place (1971)

# 07730 IMDb

A Safe Place (1971)

By Henry Jaglom

Drama (1h 34min)


Rated 5.3 after 803 votes on 05-Oct-18.

A young woman named Noah lives alone in New York. She is a disturbed flower child, who retreats into her past, yearning for lost innocence. She recalls her childhood, searching for a "safe place." As a child she met a magician in Central Park who presented her with magical objects: a levitating silver ball, a star ring, and a Noah's ark. She is romantically involved with two totally different (...)

The Kremlin Letter (1970)

# 08775 IMDb

The Kremlin Letter (1970)

TaglineDon't trust anyone in THE KREMLIN LETTER

By John Huston

Thriller (2h)


Rated 6.4 after 1,532 votes on 14-Aug-18.

A network of older spies from the West recruits a young intelligence officer with a photographic memory to accompany them on a mission inside Russia. They must recover a letter written by the CIA that promises American assistance to Russia if China gets the atomic bomb.

Start the Revolution Without Me (1970)

# 08763 IMDb

Start the Revolution Without Me (1970)

By Bud Yorkin

Comedy, History (1h 30min)


Rated 6.6 after 2,354 votes on 24-Aug-18.

1 nomination

An account of the adventures of two sets of identical twins, badly scrambled at birth, on the eve of the French Revolution. One set is haughty and aristocratic, the other poor and somewhat dim. They find themselves involved in palace intrigues as history happens around them. Based, very loosely, on Dickens's _A Tale of Two Cities_, Dumas's _The Corsican Brothers_, etc.

Waterloo (1970)

# 03173 IMDb

Waterloo (1970)

TaglineWaterloo.The battle that changed the face of the world.

By Sergey Bondarchuk

Action, Drama, History, War (2h 14min)

Italy Italy, Soviet Union Soviet Union

Fine! Rated 7.3 after 7,082 votes on 06-Oct-18.

3 wins & 1 nomination

After defeating France and imprisoning Napoleon on Elba, ending two decades of war, Europe is shocked to find Napoleon has escaped and has caused the French Army to defect from the King back to him. The best of the British generals, Arthur Welsley was victorious in Spain, but has never faced Napoleon. Welsley stands between Napoleon with a mixed army of Prussians, Mercenaries, Brits and Belgians. (...)

Catch-22 (1970)

# 00984 IMDb

Catch-22 (1970)

By Mike Nichols

Comedy, War (2h 02min)


Fine! Rated 7.2 after 17,838 votes on 10-Mar-17.

4 nominations

Durante la seconda guerra mondiale il capitano dell'aviazione Americana Yossarian, nel timore di perdere la vita in una missione aerea, cerca di farsi passare per pazzo per farsi esonerare, ma non vi riesce. Mentre aspetta che la sua domanda venga accolta, assiste impotente alle tante situazioni assurde che la guerra si porta dietro: inutili massacri, ordini disumani e privi di logica, obbedienza (...)

Tepepa (1969)

# 11392 IMDb

Tepepa (1969)

(Long Live the RevolutionTepepa)

TaglineJails can't hold him! Armies can't stop him! Women can't get enough of him!

By Giulio Petroni

Action, Adventure, Drama, Western (2h 16min)

Italy Italy, Spain Spain

Rated 6.7 after 759 votes on 09-Oct-18.

In Mexico, at the beginning of the twentieth century, a man is to be executed by Cascorro's men. Doctor Henry Price, en Englishman, arrives in his car and saves him. The nickname of the man is Tepepa and he was a hero of the Revolution. Tepepa asks doctor Price way he saved him and the answer is chilly: to have the pleasure to kill him himself. And he aims his gun at him.

Bitka na Neretvi (1969)

# 03647 IMDb

Bitka na Neretvi (1969)

(The Battle of Neretva)

TaglineAn Epic Chronicle Of Raw Courage

By Veljko Bulajic

Drama, War (2h 55min)

Yugoslavia Yugoslavia, USA USA, Italy Italy, West Germany West Germany

Fine! Rated 7.3 after 2,477 votes on 20-Mar-17.

Nominated for Oscar

The movie was based on the historical facts of German attack on the Yugoslavian Communist bases, including inflicting great casualties on the partisan army, and in addition, the logistic parts of the partisan army, such as the central hospital, and heavy equipment, such as artillery and vehicles, were completely lost. However, German failed their original objective of eliminating the partisan (...)

Histoire immortelle (1968)

# 12982 IMDb

Histoire immortelle (1968)

(The Immortal Story)

By Orson Welles

Drama (58min)

France France

Fine! Rated 7.1 after 2,154 votes on 10-Oct-18.

1 nomination

The Portuguese colony of Macao in the 19th century. Mr. Clay is a very rich merchant and the subject of town gossip. He has spent many years in China and is now quite old. He likes his clerk Levinsky to read the company's accounts to him at night for relaxation. Tonight Mr. Clay recounts a true story he heard years before about a rich man who paid a poor sailor 5 guineas to father a child with (...)

Paris brûle-t-il? (1966)

# 02943 IMDb

Paris brûle-t-il? (1966)

(Is Paris Burning?)

By René Clément

Drama, History, War (2h 54min)

France France, USA USA

Rated 6.9 after 3,070 votes on 21-May-18.

Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination

In this sprawling, star-laden film, we see the struggles of various French resistance factions to regain control of Paris near the end of World War II. The Nazi general in charge of Paris, Dietrich von Cholitz (Fröbe), is under orders from Hitler himself to burn the city if he cannot control it or if the Allies get too close. Much of the drama centers around the moral deliberations of the (...)

A Man for All Seasons (1966)

# 01672 IMDb

A Man for All Seasons (1966)

TaglineThe most honoured picture of the year! - Winner of 20 Awards including New York Film Critics' Best Picture of the Year!

By Fred Zinnemann

Biography (2h)


Fine! Rated 7.9 after 26,669 votes on 17-Jul-18.

Won 6 Oscars. Another 26 wins & 6 nominations

Il re Enrico VIII d'Inghilterra vuole divorziare da Caterina d'Aragona, che non gli ha dato figli, e vuole sposare Anna Bolena. La Chiesa Cattolica, tuttavia, ostacola questo disegno ed il Papa non vuole concedere l'annullamento. Solo sir Thomas More, in tutta l'Inghilterra, potrebbe spingere la causa del re presso il Papa a Roma essendo membro dell'Alto Consiglio della Corona, uomo profondamente (...)

Campanadas a medianoche (1965)

# 08237 IMDb

Campanadas a medianoche (1965)

(Chimes at Midnight)

By Orson Welles

Comedy, Drama, War (1h 53min)

France France, Spain Spain, Switzerland Switzerland

Fine! Rated 7.9 after 6,341 votes on 08-Oct-18.

3 wins & 2 nominations

Sir John Falstaff is the hero in this compilation of extracts from Shakespeare's 'Henry IV' and other plays, made into a connected story of Falstaff's career as young Prince Hal's drinking companion. The massive knight roisters with and without the prince, philosophizes comically, goes to war (in his own fashion), and meets his final disappointment, set in a real-looking late-medieval England.

Ro.Go.Pa.G. (1963)

# 04404 IMDb

Ro.Go.Pa.G. (1963)

By Jean-Luc Godard (segment "Il nuovo mondo"), Ugo Gregoretti (segment "Il pollo ruspante"), Pier Paolo Pasolini (segment "La ricotta"), Roberto Rossellini (segment "Illibatezza")

Comedy, Drama (2h 02min)

Italy Italy, France France

Fine! Rated 7.1 after 1,269 votes on 27-Jul-18.

This consists of four short films by different directors. Rosselini's 'Chastity' ('Illibatezza') deals with an attractive air hostess who receives the unwelcome attentions of a middle aged American. Godard's 'New World' ('Il Nuovo Mondo') illustrates a post-apocalypse world the same as the pre-apocalyptic one but for an enigmatic change in attitude in most people, including the central (...)

Le procès (1962)

# 01863 IMDb

Le procès (1962)

(The Trial)

By Orson Welles

Drama, Fantasy, Thriller (1h 58min)

France France, Italy Italy, West Germany West Germany, Yugoslavia Yugoslavia

Fine! Rated 7.8 after 16,202 votes on 07-Sep-18.

1 win

An unassuming office worker is arrested and stands trial, but he is never made aware of his charges.

King of Kings (1961)

# 07945 IMDb

King of Kings (1961)

TaglineA Story of The Christ. The Glory of His Spoken Words.

By Nicholas Ray

Biography, Drama (2h 48min)


Fine! Rated 7.0 after 5,156 votes on 06-Apr-17.

1 nomination

When the Romans under General Pompey conquer Judea in 63 BC, an era of despair and fear begins for the Jewish people. In the trials and persecutions that the Jews suffer under the Romans and under King Herod, they take hope in the promise that the Messiah someday would come. In the reign of Augustus, when Jesus is born in Bethlehem to Mary and Joseph, there are some who recognize him as the (...)

Compulsion (1959)

# 05040 IMDb

Compulsion (1959)

TaglineSometimes murder is just a way to pass the time.

By Richard Fleischer

Crime, Drama, Thriller (1h 43min)


Fine! Rated 7.5 after 5,037 votes on 09-Oct-18.

1 win & 5 nominations

Chicago, 1924. Two brilliant, wealthy, but psycho young men set out for thrills and go much too far. Meanwhile, their fellow law student Sid Brooks helps identify the murdered body of a kidnap victim and finds a clue to the killers...who firmly believe they can outsmart all opponents with ease. Result - a sensational case with defense attorney Jonathan Wilk putting capital punishment itself on (...)

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