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THE EYES OF ORSON WELLES

MARK COUSINS

This film was released 17th August 2018, and is no longer screening.

With unprecedented access to his drawings, sketches and paintings, Mark Cousins offers a personal reflection on how Orson Welles saw the world. Adopting a conceit whereby he addresses the deceased filmmaker directly though voiceover, Cousins’s expansive documentary chronicles the multi-faceted life and work of the filmmaker, charting his political maturation, unique visual sensibilities, complicated love life, and proudly independent working ethics in a layered and detailed visual essay.

Eschewing the chronological approach of traditional biography for a looser, associative structure, Cousins’s playful, wide-ranging film is brimming with psychological insight.

(Notes by David O’Mahony.)

 

110 mins, UK, 2018, Digital

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