Orson Welles at 100

Not that we need any kind of an excuse, but this week would be a terrific time to go back and watch some of Orson Welles’ films. Today is his centenary.


I confess I haven’t seen enough of his work, but if you’re wondering where to start, I recommend going with Citizen Kane (1941), which still tops many Best Movie of All Time lists. Welles was only 25 when he co-wrote, produced, directed, and starred in this classic of ambition and regret.

Others to consider: The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), The Lady From Shanghai (1947), Carol Reed’s The Third Man (1949) (which is getting a rerelease this summer) and Touch of Evil (1958).

And that’s just for starters.


Welles struggled throughout his career to get his movies made in Hollywood, despite his stature as a filmmaker. I gather something called The Other Side of The Windone of his unfinished features shot in the 1970s, will see release this year.

I’m looking forward to that.

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Carsten Knox is a massive, cheese-eating nerd. In the day he works as a journalist in Halifax, Nova Scotia. At night he stares out at the rain-slick streets, watches movies, and writes about what he's seeing.