Here is the program information for this weekends six programs of rare Welles material to be shown in Hollywood at the Egyptian Theater, with appearances by Oja Kodar, Gary Graver and Stefan Droessler, director of the Munich Film Archive. It's very tempting to fly to Los Angeles for the weekend!
Friday, February 20 – 7:00 PM
THE WELLES RARITIES Program 1: "It’s All Magic"
Orson Welles had a lifelong obsession with magic in all its incarnations, evident in this collection of rare movie and TV appearances. The program includes a clip from Edward Sutherland’s FOLLOW THE BOYS, (1944, Universal, 5 min.) with Orson Welles and Marlene Dietrich performing his stage magic show; a rarely seen episode of the "I Love Lucy" show, where Lucy meets Orson Welles (1956, CBS TV, 26 min.); restored material from the unfinished MAGIC SHOW he was filming from 1976 until the end of his life; and more. Stefan Droessler of the Munich Film Archive to introduce the screening.
Friday, February 20 – 9:30 PM
THE WELLES RARITIES Program 2: "People and Places"
All his life Orson Welles liked to travel, and in his films and television work he very often portrayed people and places in Europe for British or American audiences. In this program we see Welles visiting Paris, Italy and London, finding outsiders, film stars and typical Britains, who were interviewed (as well as occasionally impersonated!) by Welles himself. The episodes of ORSON WELLES’ LONDON (1968-71) are among the funniest comedy pieces he ever did. Also featuring: AROUND THE WORLD WITH ORSON WELLES: "Paris After Dark" (Saint Germain-Des-Pres)," (1955, Image Entertainment/Euro London Films, 28 min. Dir. Orson Welles); and more. Introduction to screenings by Stefan Droessler of the Munich Film Archive. Discussion following with actor Jonathan Lynn ("Orson Welles’ London").
Saturday, February 21 – 5:00 PM
THE WELLES RARITIES Program 3: "Obediently Yours: The Storyteller"
One of Orson Welles’ favorite roles was narrator, either on-or-off-camera -- it didn’t matter. In all the mediums and film forms, he loved to play this part: as invisible director in the CITIZEN KANE trailer (1941), interfering with the action as host in his legendary television project "THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH" (1956, Desilu Productions/Viacom, 25 min.), or as pure storyteller in front of a camera in THE GOLDEN HONEYMOON (1971). Even his never-finished project DON QUIXOTE (1956- 71) is based on his narration. Stefan Droessler of the Munich Film Archive to introduce the screening.
Saturday, February 21 – 8:30 PM
THE WELLES RARITIES Program 4: "Stage and Theater"
Before and after gaining worldwide critical renown for his movies, Orson Welles excelled as a respected actor and director in theater. This program shows him on stage in Dublin, remembering the early days and reading from his theater play MOBY DICK REHEARSED. In 1971, at last he tried to film his play – playing all the parts by himself. As unknown as this film is his adaptation of Shakespeare’s THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, which survives only as a fragment. Introduction to screenings by Stefan Droessler of the Munich Film Archive.
Sunday, February 22 – 4:00 PM
THE WELLES RARITIES Program 5: "Unfinished Works" Orson Welles had more unfinished projects than any other major film director, something that has added immeasurably to his myth. This program gives a glimpse at some of the incomplete works behind the legend. You will see scenes and sequences of THE DEEP (1967 – 69), THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND (1972) and THE DREAMERS (1978 – 85). Introduction by Stefan Droessler of the Munich Film Archive.
Sunday, February 22 – 6:30 PM
THE WELLES RARITIES Program 6: "Looking Back"
The cinematic aesthetic behind Orson Welles’ creations, his filmmaking views and methods are explored by the master himself. In a British television series Welles tells the story of his "War Of The Worlds" radio broadcast, and at USC he discusses with the audience his film THE TRIAL. Plus, "The Dominici Affair," (1999, La Huit Prod., 52 min.) In 1955, Welles produced and directed a short series called "Around The World With Orson Welles" for British TV, but one episode, "The Tragedy Of Lurs," was never completed. The subject was the murders of an English family camping in the French countryside and the trial of a local farmer for the killings. Director Christophe Cognet chronicles the making of "The Tragedy Of Lurs," and includes a complete restoration of all available material from the episode directed by Welles.
Introduction to screenings by Stefan Droessler of the Munich Film Archive and FILMING THE TRIAL cinematographer Gary Graver.
We’re enormously pleased to welcome Stefan Droessler, director of the Munich Filmmuseum, which has amassed the world’s largest collection of rare Welles materials, working closely with the filmmaker‘s long-time companion Oja Kodar. Mr. Droessler will present six different programs, organized around various themes, using clips from TV shows directed by Welles, guest appearances and cameos in movies and on TV, scenes from his uncompleted projects, and more – most never before seen in Los Angeles.