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ORSON WELLES SOLO, 1972, 100 min. Dir. Orson Welles. Never shown in cinemas or on American TV, this film compiles readings of texts by Mark Twain, Carl Ewald, George Ade, Oscar Wilde and Orson Welles as well as speeches by Socrates and Clarence Darrow. Shot in the very early 1970s in and around Los Angeles.
L.A. Premiere of DCP Restoration! THE TRIAL, 1962, Rialto Pictures, 118 min. Franz Kafka’s classic novel of paranoia and conspiracy seems tailor-made for director Orson Welles. This labyrinthine, deliciously satiric, nightmare vision of a man (Anthony Perkins) accused of an unspecified crime emerges as a subtle allegory of Welles’ own Catch-22 tribulations working in the film industry. With a dream cast that includes Jeanne Moreau, Romy Schneider, Akim Tamiroff and Welles himself.