Films byTexts by Orson Welles

Orson Welles (1915-1985) was an American actor, director, writer and producer. His first film was Citizen Kane (1941), consistently ranked as one of the greatest films ever made, which he co-wrote, produced, directed and starred in as Charles Foster Kane. Welles released twelve other feature films, including The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), The Lady from Shanghai (1947), Touch of Evil (1958), The Trial (1962), Chimes at Midnight (1966) and F for Fake (1973). Throughout his career, Welles and his financiers, whether Hollywood studios or independent producers in Europe, fought over creative control. In 1984, the Directors Guild of America awarded him the D.W. Grifith Award.

Orson Welles, 1941, 119’

Following the death of publishing tycoon Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; “Rosebud”.


Orson Welles, 1962, 119’

An unassuming office worker is arrested and stands trial, but he is never made aware of his charges.