The Immortal Story

The Immortal Story

Orson Welles
 Cast: Orson Welles
Orson Welles
, Jeanne Moreau
Jeanne Moreau
, Roger Coggio
Roger Coggio
, Norman Eshley
Norman Eshley

Blu-ray (Color)

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Immortal Story was directed by Orson Welles, who also stars as a fabulously wealthy, but bitter and dictatorial, European merchant. Soured on life, Mr. Clay (Welles) decides to play games with the lives of others. He decides to make the "immortal" legend of a sailor seducing a rich man's wife come true and even picks the sailor (Roger Coggio) himself. Through Mr. Clay's machinations, the sailor beds a beautiful younger woman (Jeanne Moreau) whom Clay pays to pose as his own wife. There's little more to the story than that, but Welles weaves his short tale with an economy and expertise which proves he hadn't lost his touch by 1969. Based on a story by Isaak Dinesen, The Immortal Story was originally made for French television; it was also the only Orson Welles-directed film to be released in color.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/30/2016
UPC: 0715515184519
Original Release: 1968
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Color]
Time: 0:58:00
Sales rank: 16,761

Special Features

New, restored 4k digital transfer of the English-language version of the film, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; Alternate French-language version of the film; Audio Commentary from 2009 featuring film scholar Adrian Martin; Portrait: Orson Welles, a 1968 documentary Directed by François Reichenbach and Frederic Rossif; New Interview with actor Norman Eshley; Interview from 2004 with Cinematographer Willy Kurant; New interview with Welles scholar François Thomas; Plus: An essay by film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Orson Welles Mr. Clay
Jeanne Moreau Viginie Ducrot
Roger Coggio Elishama Levinsky, the bookkeeper
Norman Eshley Paul, the sailor
Fernando Rey Merchant

Technical Credits
Orson Welles Director,Screenwriter
Pierre Cardin Costumes/Costume Designer
Louise DeVilmorin Screenwriter
Claude Farney Editor
Francoise Garnault Editor
Willy Kurant Cinematographer
Marc Maurette Production Manager
Yolande Maurette Editor
Andre Pitant Art Director
Marcelle Pluet Editor
Micheline Rozan Producer

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