Falstaff: Chimes At Midnight – Orson Welles (1965)

Like most films by Orson Welles, Chimes At Midnight (1965) sits uncomfortably in the shadow of his debut film; Citizen Kane.  However this is a view often dismissed by viewers that actually take the time out to watch the rest of the Welles canon and a viewing of any number of his films will quash the ridiculous criticism of achieving success too early on. Chimes At Midnight is an … Continue reading Falstaff: Chimes At Midnight – Orson Welles (1965)

F For Fake – Orson Welles (1973)

When whole continents of viewers believe you to have made your best and most accomplished film on your first go, two things can potentially happen.  Arrogance can take a hold turning you into a useless artist or the burden or pressure to create something just as brilliant can cripple.  For some reason though neither of these factors seem to have bothered Orson Welles too much … Continue reading F For Fake – Orson Welles (1973)

The Third Man – Carol Reed (1949)

Film-Noir is a genre so confidently dominated by Hollywood that it takes a film of monumental brilliance to find success in the genre when made outside the valleys of oranges and glamour.  France has Henri-Georges Clouzout’s Les Diaboliques, Germany has Fritz Lang’s M but here in the U.K. we have a Film-Noir that stands higher in the polls than all of the American efforts to grace the genre … Continue reading The Third Man – Carol Reed (1949)