The Eyes of Orson Welles

2018

Documentary

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 93%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 80%
IMDb Rating 6.7 10 685

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Orson Welles as Self - Interview
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by dlynch843 3 / 10 / 10

More vision, less talk

I agree with some of the reviews here that the narration was awful. There's nothing wrong with an Irish accent, unless it's delivered by a pretentious bore. Why did Cousins think Welles fans would be interested in listening to his opinions for 2 hours? It felt like 3. The documentary was advertised as a look at Welles' art work. OK, we see a lot of it, and it looked like there was more. We see Welles' daughter, and when she started to talk, Cousins cuts in and ends a potentially interesting part of Welles' life. I cannot recommend this to those who want to see a good documentary.

Reviewed by paul2001sw-1 1 / 10 / 10

The Eyes of Mark Cousins

In his imaginative take on the life of Orson Welles, Mark Cousins looks at Welles's personal sketchbooks - he was an inveterate scribbler, though he rarely went as far as to produce what we might call finished artworks - and sees the connections to his films, and to his life. This is not just a novel but also an interesting approach: film is a visual medium, but the visual side of a movie is the hardest thing to talk about: the sketches provide a key to the way that Welles conceived his tableaux. The other part of the thesis is that Welles's choice of movies tell us something about his private character. This is more contentious: does someone choose to play Falstaff, say, or film Don Quixote, because the character fits their own self-image? Maybe not, but Cousins gives us a credible speculation of how Welles' own character manifested itself in the work he produced, of how his films reveal the man who made them. Instead of a conventional narrative, Cousins prefers to engage in one half of an imaginary dialogue with the auteur: at times this is less successful, as when Cousins seems to impute a connection of Welles with Ireland that seems more important to him than he manages to convince us it was to Welles. Overall, though, it's a worthwhile endeavor: Welles's story is well known, its arc usually presented as tragic; but Cousins succeeds in making us view it through fresh eyes.

Reviewed by frukuk 1 / 10 / 10

My interest in Orson Welles, versus awful narration by Mark Cousins

Gave up on this after 12 minutes (couldn't even make it to a quarter of an hour). It's almost as if, for some perverse reason, Mark Cousins tried to make his narration as irritating as possible. Is it meant to be a test: if you're truly interested in Welles, then you ought to be prepared to sit through this tripe? To adopt Mark Cousins' style of narration: "You've messed this up, Mark. You need to go back to the drawing board. And not one once owned by Orson Welles. Ain't that the truth, Mark."

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