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Around the World with Orson Welles (1955)

Cast: Juliette Greco, Jean Cocteau, Orson Welles
Director: Orson Welles, Orson Welles
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Image Entertainment
Genre: Documentary, Foreign, Travel, UK
Running Time: 134 min.
Languages: English
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In 1955, Orson Welles prepared a series of six travel documentaries for British television under the title Around the World with Orson Welles. While no prints survive of the series' final episode, "The Third Man Returns to Vienna," the other five installments are collected on this home video release. In "St. Germain Des Pres," Welles visits the Parisian bohemian district and introduces us to Jean Cocteau and Juliette Greco. "The Chelsea Pensioners" examines the life of the elderly residents of London. A trip to Spain and the contrasting glamour and violence of the bullring is preserved in "Madrid Bullfight." And finally, a lengthy trip to the Basque country is captured in "Pays Basque I and II." ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Welles making his money for Don Quixote by chrispet109 August 16, 2004 - 4:13 PM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
It's interesting that cable and the internet allows us to take these kinds of films for granted. In 1955, all anybody had was short travel shows like this from Orsen Welles. These are created as little feature pieces about strange characters and places in Europe, but modern viewers will quickly get bored by the long interviews which say nothing at all. This was obviously an attempt by Welles to cash in on his fame and history as a radio figure. I enjoyed his intelligence and culture, but the pieces are still mostly boring.

The bullfight short is my favorite, mostly because Welles was a bullfighter himself and makes a very informed commentator. There are also 2 pieces about Basque culture, a tiny provence between Spain and France, and a tedious piece about a hippy commune in Paris and a strange conversation between Welles and a group of drunk war veterans. I only recommend this for serious Welles fans.

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