The Immortal Story The Immortal Story

The Immortal Story

Orson Welles

 
The Immortal Story (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • France
  • 1968
  • 58 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • English, French
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  • Spine #831

Orson Welles’s first color film and final completed fictional feature, The Immortal Story is a moving and wistful adaptation of a tale by Isak Dinesen. Welles stars as a wealthy merchant in nineteenth-century Macao, who becomes obsessed with bringing to life an oft-related anecdote about a rich man who gives a poor sailor a small sum of money to impregnate his wife. Also starring an ethereal Jeanne Moreau, this jewel-like film, dreamily shot by Willy Kurant and suffused with the music of Erik Satie, is a brooding, evocative distillation of Welles’s artistic interests—a story about the nature of storytelling and the fine line between illusion and reality.

Credits

DirectorOrson Welles
Written byOrson Welles
Based on a novel byIsak Dinesen
Produced byMicheline Rozan
Music byErik Satie
Director of photographyWilly Kurant
EditorsYolande Maurette, Marcelle Pluet, Françoise Garnault and Claude Farny
Production managerMarc Maurette

Disc Features

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer of the English-language version of the film, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Alternate French-language version of the film
  • Audio commentary from 2005 featuring film scholar Adrian Martin
  • Portrait: Orson Welles, a 1968 documentary directed by François Reichenbach and Frédéric Rossif
  • New interview with actor Norman Eshley
  • Interview from 2004 with cinematographer Willy Kurant
  • New interview with Welles scholar François Thomas
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum

    New cover by Sterling Hundley

Film Essays

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The Immortal Story: Divas and Dandies

By Jonathan Rosenbaum August 30, 2016

Set in nineteenth-century Macao, Orson Welles’s adaptation of a classic tale by Isak Dinesen is a hypnotic meditation on the pitfalls of storytelling. Read more »

Dispatches

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The Fog of Welles: A Trip to Chinchón

By Valeria Rotella September 12, 2016

Chinchón is not Paris. It’s not Ibiza. It’s not even Grenoble. It’s a sleepy, provincial Spanish town an hour’s bus ride out of Madrid, and not where you would expect to find the great Orson . . . Read more »


Clippings

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Did You See This?

September 02, 2016

In response to the BBC’s recently published, male-dominated poll of the hundred greatest movies of the twenty-first century, Fusion has shared a list of the best contemporary films directed by . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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The Immortal Story: Divas and Dandies

By Jonathan Rosenbaum August 30, 2016

Set in nineteenth-century Macao, Orson Welles’s adaptation of a classic tale by Isak Dinesen is a hypnotic meditation on the pitfalls of storytelling. Read more »


Flashbacks

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Flashback: Jeanne Moreau

By Peter Cowie August 24, 2016

Few actors have worked in cinema across eight decades. Jeanne Moreau began her career as an ingenue in 1949, and for my generation she was the icon of the French New Wave. Jean-Pierre Léaud may . . . Read more »

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