Don't know about 2005 being a Wellsian year, but May will certainly be an ORSON WELLES month
Check out this schedule at TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES:
May 4 Wednesday - Hollywood's greatest director
8:00 PM Citizen Kane (1941) The investigation of a publishing tycoon's dying words reveals conflicting stories about his scandalous life. Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead. D: Orson Welles. 120m. CC DVS
10:15 PM The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) A possessive son's efforts to keep his mother from remarrying threaten to destroy his family. Tim Holt, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead. D: Orson Welles. 88m. CC DVS
12:00 AM The Lady From Shanghai (1948) A romantic drifter gets caught between a corrupt tycoon and his voluptuous wife. Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane. D: Orson Welles. 87m.
1:30 AM Touch Of Evil (1958) An Interpol agent risks his wife's life to investigate a crooked sheriff. Orson Welles, Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh. D: Orson Welles. 111m. LBX CC
May 11 Wednesday - Acting to finance his directing
8:00 PM Tomorrow Is Forever (1946) A scarred veteran presumed dead returns home to find his wife remarried. Orson Welles, Claudette Colbert, George Brent. D: Irving Pichel. 104m.
10:00 PM Man in the Shadow (1957) A modern sheriff investigates the town boss's efforts to cover up a brutal crime. Jeff Chandler, Orson Welles, Colleen Miller. D: Jack Arnold. 80m. LBX
11:30 PM The Tartars (1961) A barbarian army attacks Viking settlements along the Russian steppes. Orson Welles, Victor Mature, Folco Lulli. D: Richard Thorpe. C 83m. LBX CC
1:00 AM Is Paris Burning? (1966) Resistance fighters and secret agents struggle to keep the Nazis from destroying Paris before their retreat. Jean-Paul Belmondo, Charles Boyer, Leslie Caron, Orson Welles. D: Rene Clement. 173m. LBX
4:00 AM Shadowing the Third Man (2004) Documentary about the Carol Reed’s classic Cold War thriller The Third Man, starring Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten (1949). 60m. LBX CC
May 18 Wednesday - The Vagabond / Directing in Europe
8:00 PM Othello (1952) The legendary Moor of Venice battles his growing suspicions that his wife is unfaithful. Orson Welles, Michael MacLiammoir, Suzanne Cloutier. D: Orson Welles. 90m.
9:45 PM Mr. Arkadin (1955) A private eye investigates a millionaire's mysterious past before a murderer can get to the witnesses. Orson Welles, Robert Arden, Michael Redgrave. D: Orson Welles. 99m.
11:30 PM The Immortal Story (1968) A sailor bets he can seduce a wealthy man's wife, not knowing the man has hired a woman to play the role. Orson Welles, Jeanne Moreau, Roger Coggio. D: Orson Welles. 58m.
12:45 AM F for Fake (1976) Director Orson Welles examines the career of a notorious art forger. Orson Welles, Oja Kodar, Joseph Cotten. D: Orson Welles. 85m.
2:15 AM The Trial (1963) In this adaptation of Kafka's classic, a man in a nameless country stands trial for an unnamed crime. Orson Welles, Jeanne Moreau, Anthony Perkins. D: Orson Welles. 120m. LBX
May 25 Wednesday - As a commercial director / actor
8:00 PM Journey Into Fear (1942) A munitions expert gets mixed up with gunrunners in Turkey. Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles, Dolores del Rio. D: Norman Foster. 68m. CC
9:15 PM The Stranger (1946) A small-town schoolteacher suspects her new husband may be an escaped Nazi war criminal. Edward G. Robinson, Orson Welles, Loretta Young. D: Orson Welles. 95m.
11:00 PM Casino Royale (1967) A retired James Bond goes back into action to infiltrate a nest of enemy spies. Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress, Deborah Kerr, Orson Welles. D: John Huston, Ken Hughes, Robert Parrish, Joseph McGrath, Val Guest. C 131m. LBX
1:15 AM The V.I.P.S (1963) Wealthy passengers fogged in at London's Heathrow Airport fight to survive a variety of personal trials. Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Orson Welles, Margaret Rutherford. D: Anthony Asquith. C 119m. LBX CC
3:30 AM Duel In The Sun (1946) A fiery half-breed comes between a rancher's good and evil sons. Jennifer Jones, Gregory Peck, Joseph Cotten, Lionel Barrymore, Lillian Gish. Narrated by Orson Welles. D: King Vidor. C 144m. CC
It's ironic that Orson Welles was so ignored, even dismissed, in his lifetime when he's so revered today. Even at those junctures when he received accolades for his work - the Academy presented him a special honorary Oscar® in 1970, the AFI gave Welles a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1975 - but no one in Hollywood would give him a job. At least they wouldn't give him financial backing to do what he did better than most: make movies. And even his peers, who should have known better, often gave him short shrift. Now, with the passage of time, Welles is revered as something of a cinematic god, not only for that "one movie" Citizen Kane but also for so many others, many of which we'll be showing in our Star of the Month salute to him.
We start with a bang on May 4 with a fabulous foursome: Kane, which stirred up so much controversy it was suggested by some that the negative be burned; also The Magnificent Ambersons, nominated for Oscar®'s Best Picture prize and a magnificent film although a box-office fizzle in 1942; The Lady from Shanghai (1948) and Touch of Evil (1958), both considered complete disasters by their studios at the time, but now ranked among the best film noir movies ever made.
The goodies continue throughout the month, too, including some of his least-seen films (1942's Journey Into Fear, 1957's Man in the Shadow, 1973's F for Fake), some in which only that rich, melodious Welles voice is heard (1946's Duel in the Sun) and others in which he shares the screen with the likes of Woody Allen, Claudette Colbert, a pint-sized Natalie Wood, Edward G. Robinson, Leslie Caron, Elizabeth Taylor, even Victor Mature, a man who was once Welles' rival in real life for the affection of the movies' "love goddess" Rita Hayworth.