The Immortal Story
The Immortal Story (1968)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 24, 1968
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Though shot for television on a low budget, this is a sumptuous experience.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Minor but not without interest.

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Peter Galvin

The Immortal Story is, in part, concerned with the very nature of storytelling, something that Welles was fascinated with his whole life.

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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

Its sad and bittersweet effects are slowly achieved in brooding, garrulous, overly introspective style, except by Jeanne Moreau.

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Witney Seibold

Perhaps Welles, in playing a man who doesn't understand art, was embodying his more vitriolic critics. He was presenting ever more complex art to critical agents, and was constantly met with confusion and literal interpretations.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Shot on a smaller scale than Welles' other films, but it has all of Welles' hallmarks, including cavernous shots and startling angles.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

It's awkward yet exquisite.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

A dreamy fable of just-so proportion and asethetics...this literate and richly strange film has layers of meaning available to the viewer. [Criterion Blu-ray]

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TV Guide

A small, quietly beautiful fable which leaves the viewer with a strange sense of loss and sadness.

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