Free presentations highlight Orson Welles’ films

Nathan Carroll

Nathan Carroll

Free film screenings this weekend at St. Scholastica will highlight the work of renowned filmmaker Orson Welles to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of his birth.

Screenings of three of Welles' films will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 in Burns Wellness Commons room 249.

At 7 p.m. Friday, Nathan Carroll, associate professor of communication, theater and art, will introduce the first film in the series, "F for Fake" (1973, 1 hour 29 minutes). Welles' last completed movie is a unique docu-essay about forgery, film and the art of deception.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, Steve Ostovich, philosophy professor, will introduce "The Trial" (1962, 1 hour 59 minutes), an adaptation of Franz Kafka's existential novel about a man who is placed on trial without being told why.

At 7 p.m. that evening, Thomas Zelman, English professor, will introduce "The Magnificent Ambersons" (1942, 1 hour, 28 minutes), the story of a family of means in decline in 20th century Indianapolis. Welles' lush adaptation of Booth Tarkington's novel was famously re-edited by RKO. With the original footage lost to history, Welles' follow-up to "Citizen Kane" remains a mangled masterpiece - a nostalgic critique of American values caught in cultural transition.

Welles was a pop icon, world traveler, tireless idealist and cinematic visionary. These three films show off his radical filmmaking style and love for the art of cinema.