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Around the World with Orson Welles (Blu-ray) Around the World with Orson Welles (Blu-ray)

Release date: 24 August 2015


Part home-movie, part cinematic essay, each episode of Welles' first television venture takes the viewer on a fascinating journey to see the famous people and places in key cities across Europe.

Release date: 24 August 2015


Part home-movie, part cinematic essay, each episode of Welles' first television venture takes the viewer on a fascinating journey to see the famous people and places in key cities across Europe.

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Orson Welles, a hugely successful polymath who forged a career in film, radio and theatre, was little known for his TV work. In 1955, Associated-Rediffusion commissioned Welles to make his first television production, inviting him to write, direct and host a mini series.

Despite its grand title, the series was filmed entirely in Europe. Part home-movie, part cinematic essay, each episode takes the viewer on a fascinating journey to see the famous people and places in key cities across the continent. In Paris, we are introduced to famous artists such as Jean Cocteau; in Madrid, we attend a bullfight; and in Vienna, in an episode which was long believed lost, we are taken to the locations of The Third Man.

A unique and fascinating entry in the career of one of modern cinema’s most revered figures, Around the World with Orson Welles finally receives its world premiere Blu-ray release in this strictly limited, numbered edition from the BFI.

• All 6 original episodes: Pays Basque I (1955, 26mins) | Pays Basque II (1955, 26 mins) | The Third Man Returns to Vienna (1955, 26 mins) | St.-Germain-des-Prés (1955, 26 mins) | Chelsea Pensioners (1955,26 mins) | Madrid Bullfight (1955, 26 mins)

 

Orson Welles, a hugely successful polymath who forged a career in film, radio and theatre, was little known for his TV work. In 1955, Associated-Rediffusion commissioned Welles to make his first television production, inviting him to write, direct and host a mini series.

Despite its grand title, the series was filmed entirely in Europe. Part home-movie, part cinematic essay, each episode takes the viewer on a fascinating journey to see the famous people and places in key cities across the continent. In Paris, we are introduced to famous artists such as Jean Cocteau; in Madrid, we attend a bullfight; and in Vienna, in an episode which was long believed lost, we are taken to the locations of The Third Man.

A unique and fascinating entry in the career of one of modern cinema’s most revered figures, Around the World with Orson Welles finally receives its world premiere Blu-ray release in this strictly limited, numbered edition from the BFI.

• All 6 original episodes: Pays Basque I (1955, 26mins) | Pays Basque II (1955, 26 mins) | The Third Man Returns to Vienna (1955, 26 mins) | St.-Germain-des-Prés (1955, 26 mins) | Chelsea Pensioners (1955,26 mins) | Madrid Bullfight (1955, 26 mins)

 

Extras

• The Dominici Affair (Christophe Cognet, 2000, 52 mins): documentary about the incomplete Around the World with Orson Welles ‘ The Tragedy of Lurs’ episode.
•The Levin Interview with Orson Welles (John Phillips, 1967, 27 mins): rare interview of Welles discussing his work and career with Bernard Levin.
•Fully illustrated booklet with a new essay by Ben Walters and full film credits

Additional Info

Additional Info

SKU 5035673012123
Catalogue Number BFIB1212
Product contents 1 disc
Year 1955
Format Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries UK
Aspect ratio Various
Colour B&W
Sound PCM mono 1.0 audio (48k/24-bit)
Language(s) English
Running time 164 mins
Blu-ray region B/2
Certificate Exempt

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