Free presentations highlight Orson Welles’ films

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.