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Touch of Evil, Dir. Orson Welles, 1958

Orson Welles: Postcards from Xanadu

28 Oct 20113 Nov 2011

With the beautifully restored high definition Touch of Evil playing exclusively at the ICA it seems timely to revisit his masterpieces Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons. All three films suffered at the hands of their respective studios. Citizen Kane almost never got released, both Touch of Evil (shown here in its 1998 restored form) and The Magnificent Ambersons were severely recut against Welles’ wishes. But watching them all together it’s never less than startling how ambitious and innovative these films are despite all the interference. It’s hard to imagine what was going through the minds of those execs who thought they knew better than Welles, but despite their ‘help’ these film continue to inspire and influence like few others.

  • Touch of Evil, Dir. Orson Welles, 1958

    Touch of Evil

    28 Oct 20113 Nov 2011

    Showing at the ICA exclusively for the first time in gloriously restored high definition, this Orson Welles masterwork of crime, corruption and romantic noir is for many their favourite Welles film.

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  • Citizen Kane, Dir. Orson Welles, 1941

    Citizen Kane

    28 Oct 20113 Nov 2011

    Frequently topping critic polls as the Best Film Of All Time, Citizen Kane needs little in the way of introduction. Yet for all its familiarity and the acres of column inches spent dissecting it, it still remains one of the greatest mysteries in modern cinema, forever divulging new secrets and hushed histories.

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  • Magnificent Ambersons, Dir. Orson Welles, 1942

    Magnificent Ambersons

    29 Oct 201130 Oct 2011

    A touchstone film for contemporary filmmakers including the two Andersons, Wes and Paul Thomas. The Magnificent Ambersons is much documented, like many of Welles’s films, for the high level of Studio interference during its production. It follows the fortunes of the wealthy Amberson family as they struggle to maintain their genteel way of life in the shadow of the fast approach industrial age.

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