Friday Night Spotlight: Orson Welles
This Spotlight is hosted by David Edelstein, film critic for New York magazine, NPR's Fresh Air and CBS Sunday Morning. The films are arranged by categories, beginning with "Early Films", including the TCM premiere of Too Much Johnson (1938), a little-seen silent comedy short created by Welles to be incorporated into a Mercury Theatre stage production of the same name; Citizen Kane and its follow-up, The Magnificent Ambersons (1942); and Jane Eyre (1944), in which Welles acted, playing Mr. Rochester.
"Classic Noir" encompasses four films directed (or co-directed) by Welles and starring him: Journey Into Fear (1943), costarring Joseph Cotten; Touch of Evil (1958), costarring Charlton Heston; The Lady from Shanghai (1948), costarring Welles' then-wife Rita Hayworth; and Mr. Arkadin (1962), costarring Michael Redgrave.
"Shakespeare Adaptations" encompass Macbeth (1948), Othello (1952) and Chimes at Midnight (1965), which tells the story of the Shakespearean character Sir John Falstaff. "Literary Adaptations" include The Stranger (1946) and The Trial (1962), and "Made-for-Television Films" are The Immortal Story (1968) and F for Fake (1973). Among other "Acting without Directing" vehicles are Tomorrow Is Forever (1946), The Third Man (1949), The V.I.P.s (1963) and A Man for All Seasons (1966).