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Orson Welles Story, The

Synopsis
Two-part television documentary on Orson Welles. In the first part, which covers his career in America, Welles talks to interviewer Alan Yentob about MACBETH (1948) saying it was a B-picture quickie. He praises Alexandre Trauner’s art direction on OTHELLO (1952), stating that the production difficulties influenced the editing. He admits that some of the scenes are weak and does not know what went wrong with the sound. In Part 2 he describes CAMPANADAS A MEDIANOCHE/CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT (1966), saying that it stands as a record of his preoccupation with loss of innocence. He also speaks of the notion of ‘Merrie England’, his interpretation of Falstaff and the intention behind the filming of the battle scene and the final rejection.
Series
Arena
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
18 May 1982 (Channel: BBC2)
Duration
105 + 50; 5,600 (16mm) feet

Credits

Producer
Alan Yentob; Leslie Megahey
Contributor
Alan Yentob; Anthony Perkins; Charlton Heston; Jeanne Moreau; John Huston; Micheál MacLiammóir; Orson Welles; Peter Bogdanovich

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Henry IV Part 1; Henry IV Part 2; Macbeth; Othello
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Welles, Orson (1916-1985)

Notes

History
Part 2 transmitted 21 May 1982

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Archive

Name

Learning on Screen Off-Air Recording Back-up Service

Email
services@bufvc.ac.uk
Web
http://bufvc.ac.uk/tvandradio/offair External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7393 1514
Fax
020 7393 1555
Address
For Learning on Screen Members only
77 Wells Street
London
W1T 3QJ

Distributor (VHS)

Name

BFI National Archive

Web
http://www.bfi.org.uk/archive-collections/searching-access-collections/research-viewing-services External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7255 1444
Fax
020 7436 0165
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN

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