The Eyes of Or­son Welles 9pm, BBC Four

The Guardian - The Guide - - Sound & Vision - JS

Critic and doc­u­men­tary film-maker Mark Cousins pores over the paint­ings and draw­ings, many of them rarely or never be­fore seen, of movie direc­tor Or­son Welles, com­bin­ing them with pre­cisely cho­sen clips and static, present-day shots of rel­e­vant lo­ca­tions to cre­ate an im­pres­sion of the au­teur’s heart and mind. If you can stand Cousins’s im­per­ti­nently mur­mured sec­ond­per­son nar­ra­tion (“I hate to do this to you, Or­son, but here’s an­other Eden”) it’s a wise and pas­sion­ate piece of cin­e­matic fan­mail.

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