Welles' second-to-last feature, The Immortal Story is an adaptation of a book by Danish author Isak Dinesen and stars Jeanne Moreau.
The year is 1860 in the Portuguese colony of Macao, Mr. Clay (Welles) is an aging, rich merchant, who is the subject of town gossip. He likes his clerk Levinsky (Roger Coggio), to read to him to help him relax in the evenings and one night he recounts a tale about a rich man who paid a poor sailor five guineas to father a child with his beautiful young wife. Mr. Clay has no wife and no heir to his fortune and resolves to make the story true...Levinsky approaches Virginie Ducrot (Moreau), another clerk's mistress, and strikes a bargain for 300 guineas. Now to find the sailor...
Cast and Crew: Orson Welles / Jeanne Moreau / Roger Coggio / Norman Eshley.
Director – Orson Welles
Awards and Reviews:
Berlin International Film Festival 1968, Nominated Golden Bear, Orson Welles.
‘A sumptuous experience’ - Time Out
‘The ending of is amongst the most beautiful and self-contained in all of Welles’ cinema’ - Senses of Cinema
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