|Orson Welles: Mr. Clay|
|Jeanne Moreau: Virginie Ducrot|
|Norman Eshley: Paul|
|Roger Coggio: Elishama Levinsky|
|Director/Script: Orson Welles|
|Photography: Willy Kurant|
|Editors: Marcelle Pluet, Yolande Maurette, Francoise Garnault, Claude Farny|
|Art Direction: Andre Piltant|
|Costumes: Pierre Cardin|
|Producer: Micheline Rozan|
The first in what was supposed to be several Dinesen adaptations, The Immortal Story was made for French TV and cinema release thanks to Jeanne Moreau's presence. The story is of an aging man, Mr. Clay, who tries to make a fable told to him become reality.
The film unfolds in a quiet, economical fashion; characters and action are kept to a minimum, as is the running time. For whatever reason, the film remains the most obscure of Welles' finished works, unavailable in America in any accessible form outside bootlegs, although it has been released on video in Europe.
The Immortal Story is unavailable on video in the United States, aside from poor quality bootlegs probably made from the only legitimate release, a PAL VHS tape from England (left).
Welles and Jeanne Moreau on set.