Film writer/historian R. Emmet Sweeney reviews the DVD of Around the World with Orson Welles
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"These travel essays, veritable home movies, are an immensely enjoyable tour through eccentric pockets of Europe," Sweeney writes. The most intriguing episode of this short-lived British TV series from 1955 focuses on expatriate American oddball Raymond Duncan. Clad in a homemade tunic and sandals, this elderly proto-Beatnik, who ran a theater in Paris, discusses America’s creeping tendency toward conformism and the decline of the west as a result of the rise of the pantaloon (!). Duncan's views on women raise interviewer Welles's eyebrow, if not his ire.
Unfortunately, Sweeney's "Vacation Tips from Orson Welles" does not pave the way for future airings of episodes of Around the World with Orson Welles
(And what a pity that The Third Man in Vienna
episode is forever lost!)