The Immortal Story (1968) | Orson Welles | Centenary

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The Immortal Story (1968) | Orson Welles | Centenary

5268Director: Orson Welles    Writer: Karen Blixen (story) Louise de Vilmorin   Cinematography: Willy Kurant

Cast: Jeanne Moreau, Roger Coggio, Orson Welles, Norman Eshley

60min   Drama    French/US

The shortest of Welles’ features is a French film, made for television, and starring Jeanne Moreau. Based on a short story by the Danish writer Karen Blixen, Welles’ direction evokes a very feminine and sensuous atmosphere where a successful 19th century Macao merchant (Welles) hires a virile young sailor to sleep with his female companion (Moreau) and avail himself of a child and heir. A cougar-like, forty-year-old, Jeanne Moreau cannot believe her eyes when Norman Eshley’s strikingly sexy salt comes into view – he was just 23 at the time and a tanned 6.3″ – and as the two writhe in discreet ecstasy behind the gauzy drapes of the four-poster, Welles is seen glowering, hot and heavy, peeping tom-style, at the bedroom door. Erik Satie’s lush score, rich colours and smouldering shadows create a perfect ambiance for this tale of a towering ego who cannot bring himself to seduce the woman of his dreams despite his healthy bank balance.MT

ORSON WELLES CENTENERY | THE IMMORTAL STORY IS RELEASED COURTESY OF MR BONGO FILMS on DVD | 2 NOVEMBER 2015 

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