The Stranger: Orson Welles’ lone box office hit may be his least personal film but it’s still a terrific Noir thriller with Welles in top form as actor & director

The Stranger(1946) was Orson Welles' third (finished) feature film as a director, and his first Film Noir. Though this is the least artistically impressive, and most conventionally mainstream, of all of Welles' films, it's a superbly crafted genre piece, and was a box office success. Being the only bonafide box office hit that Orson Welles … Continue reading The Stranger: Orson Welles’ lone box office hit may be his least personal film but it’s still a terrific Noir thriller with Welles in top form as actor & director

Touch of Evil: A Baroque and wildly innovative Orson Welles Masterpiece that book-ended the golden era of film Noir

Touch of Evil(1958) is one of  Orson Welles' greatest films and it's perhaps the last great film Noir from the classic period. The Film  was butchered by the studio at the time of its release, but has since been restored to its intended form.   Everything about me is a contradiction, and so is everything … Continue reading Touch of Evil: A Baroque and wildly innovative Orson Welles Masterpiece that book-ended the golden era of film Noir

The Third Man : Mr. Welles, Mr. Lime and Mr. Wu

Carol Reed's 1949 classic Film Noir The Third Man, based on Graham Greene's screenplay, completes 70 years. its famous for its unique atmosphere, zither music, and Oscar winning camerawork. Above all it provided Orson Welles with his most iconic role.   You know what the fellow said – in Italy, for 30 years under the Borgias, … Continue reading The Third Man : Mr. Welles, Mr. Lime and Mr. Wu