AROUND THE WORLD WITH ORSON WELLES 
(APRIL 26 – JUNE 20)

Featuring cameos by Elaine Dundy, Kenneth Peacock Tynan, Jean Cocteau, and the birthplace of Sacher torte, this freewheeling travel program made for British television, written and directed by and starring Welles, showcases his innate ability to remain charming and captivating while bullshitting through all sorts of situations. Though some of this formal looseness arose from the director’s inability to stick to the unrealistic, grueling deadlines dictated in his contract (25 episodes in 25 weeks!), the six extant episodes of this marvelous little series balance the baroque charms of Vienna with visits to English pensioners and extremely unique, desperately under-seen footage of the Basque country and its ancient culture. These unpretentious glimpses at mid-century Europe—of things that had almost disappeared back then—is a grand tour of a bygone era with an even grander host.

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Around the World with Orson Welles
Episode 1: Pays Basque I - The Basque Countries

Directed by Orson Welles

The first of the series is also the first of two parts exploring the Basque country, where Welles takes us on a tour of the local culture and people.

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Episode 2: Pays Basque II - La Pelote Basque

Directed by Orson Welles

The second of the series filmed in the land of the Basques focuses on the importance of recreational activities including court sports and dance.

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Episode 3: Revisiting Vienna

Directed by Orson Welles

Also known as “The Third Man in Vienna,” this segment see Welles return to the city where Carol Reed’s classic film was shot seven years earlier. Featuring cameos by Elaine Dundy and Kenneth Tynan.

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Episode 4: St.-Germain-des-Prés

Directed by Orson Welles

On his visit to Paris’s Saint-Germain-des-Prés quarter, Welles meets up with the artist/dancer/poet/philosopher Raymond Duncan.

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Episode 5: London - The Queen’s Pensioners

Directed by Orson Welles

While in London, Welles charms a group of widows at an almshouse in Hackney before visiting an old soldiers’ homes in Chelsea.

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Episode 6: Spain - The Bullfight

Directed by Orson Welles

Theater critic Kenneth Tynan and his wife writer Elaine Dundy accompany Welles to Madrid for an education in the art of bullfighting.

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Available through Jun 20