The Immortal Story

The Immortal Story

DVD - 2016
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A wealthy merchant in nineteenth century Macao becomes obsessed with bringing to life an oft-related anecdote about a rich man who gives a poor sailor a small sum of money to impregnate his wife.
Publisher: [New York, New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2016]
ISBN: 9781681431932
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE IMMOR
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (58 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
video file,DVD video
Notes: Title from sell sheet
New, restored 4k digital transfer of the English-language version of the film
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1968
Adaptation of "Babette's feast" by Isak Dinesen
Special features: audio commentary from 2005 featuring film scholar Adrian Martin; portrait: Orson Welles, a 1968, documentary directed by François Reichenbach and Frédéric Rossif; new interview with actor Norman Eshley; itnerview from 2004 with cinematographer Willy Kurant; new interview with Welles scholar François Thomas; essay by film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum


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Jan 17, 2018

VERY GOOD 1968 Orson Welles color movie originally made for French television.
The plot is a bit enigmantic (life IS enigmatic is almost the film theme), but has excellent cinematography, etc. - and excellent Eric Satie piano music.

Jul 10, 2017

Although its a relatively short film (one hour), they were able to make it so that it seemed twice as long. There is some interesting cinematography, but the film is very strongly propelled by the writing, which is better considered as a form of thought, in this case thinking about stories and related ideas, prophecies, history, stories that are true, that are false, that are believed, or not. Welles' makeup is obvious and therefore bad; he did learn a lot from "Playwright As Thinker" (Bentley).

Nov 01, 2016

Moreau is this movie's saving grace. Welles was obligated by contract to film in colour and the character who suffers the most is the gray-faced Welles.

Sep 30, 2016

4 stars - Welles fans can fans look for signs that the film is directed with exceptional skill. There is a great commentary track and also an extra disc of supplementary material exploring Welles. Non-Welles fans should skip this and try Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, Touch of Evil, The Lady from Shanghai, and The Stranger, all much more accessible than The Immortal Story.


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