The Immortal Story
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The Immortal Story
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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Though shot for television on a low budget, this is a sumptuous experience."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The Immortal Story is, in part, concerned with the very nature of storytelling, something that Welles was fascinated with his whole life."
‑ Peter Galvin,
"Masterpiece, rich in visual style."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Minor Orson Welles effort, though second-tier Welles is still better than first-tier anyone else."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"Its sad and bittersweet effects are slowly achieved in brooding, garrulous, overly introspective style, except by Jeanne Moreau."
‑ A.H. Weiler, New York Times
"Shot on a smaller scale than Welles' other films, but it has all of Welles' hallmarks, including cavernous shots and startling angles."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Always oddly fascinating."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's awkward yet exquisite."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A small, quietly beautiful fable which leaves the viewer with a strange sense of loss and sadness."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This is a film that proceeds like a ritual, adding to a story that engulfs it."
‑ Adrian Danks, Senses of Cinema
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