Orson Welles

Five essential Orson Welles films for each decade of his career

By Adam Scovell

Revisiting the iconic director’s work every 10 years, from Too Much Johnson to Touch of Evil.

Six times an on-set feud made a film more real

By Louisa Cavell

From Paul Thomas Anderson’s beef with Burt Reynolds to Peter Sellers and Orson Welles’ legendary spat.

The stories behind the best film lists of 1967

By Justine Smith

We’ve delved into the archives to find out which films were topping critics’ charts 50 years ago.

In praise of Orson Welles’ F For Fake

By Phil Concannon

Come and see the maestro's final big trick on a 35mm print at the ICA cinema with MUBI and Little White Lies.

How Orson Welles subverted the film noir genre

By Stephen Puddicombe

The Lady from Shanghai is a prime example of the legendary filmmaker’s complicated genius.

This 58-page Orson Welles memo should be every director’s handbook

By Chris Owen

His withering letter to studio bosses is a filmmaking bible for our times.

Netflix is releasing an unfinished Orson Welles film

By Jack Godwin

The Other Side of the Wind is finally being completed and could be available to stream this year.

Why Is Paris Burning? remains one of the great anti-war epics

By Brogan Morris

Released 50 years ago, this understated and underloved drama is deserving of a reappraisal.

Why War of the Worlds is the greatest blockbuster of the 21st century

By Adam Woodward

Steven Spielberg’s alien invasion epic offers a boldly personal take on a contemporary global crisis.

Sour Grapes – first look review

By Brogan Morris

There’s notes of Orson Welles’ F for Fake in this richly intoxicating wine-based con caper.

The irresistible madness of Orson Welles’ Don Quixote

By Tom Graham

Read the remarkable story of the director’s ill-fated passion project, 400 years on from the death of Miguel de Cervantes.

Famous directors who fell in love with Ireland

By Matt Thrift

The story of how a trio of legendary filmmakers became entranced by the Emerald Isle.

Touch of Evil (1958)

By David Jenkins

Orson Welles is some kind of a man in this grisly, ultra-melancholic border-town noir from 1958.

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Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles

By David Jenkins

A passible Welles hagiography which offers very little that you won’t easily find in an Encyclopedia.

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F for Fake (1973)

By David Jenkins

For his final trick, Orson Welles will deliver a fruity, funny film essay. And astonishing it is too!

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