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THE EYES OF ORSON WELLES
May 13, 2019  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

 
Mark Cousins directs this new study of Orson Welles the filmmaker, actor and private person. The approach by Cousins is both hyper-personal (he narrates, asking questions of the long-dead icon) and arbitrary (the film is divided into almost capricious sections and sub-sections), but, like any film that looks closely at Welles’ life and work, is worth a look, and bound to offer up a previously unknown nugget of insight or vintage interview fragment. The true treat with tonight’s TCM Welles salute, though, has to do with the films that follow: three of his movies in which Welles pulls double duty as director and star. It starts with 1963’s The Trial at 10 p.m. ET, followed by his 1941 masterpiece Citizen Kane at 2:15 a.m. ET (DVR Alert!) and, at 4:30 a.m. ET, 1948’s The Lady from Shanghai, co-starring Welles and Rita Hayworth.
 
 
 
 
 
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