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The Eyes of Orson Welles

Narrated in the form of an actual letter to Orson Welles, Northern Irish filmmaker Mark Cousins’ documentary becomes a love letter to the legendary director. As Cousins’ peruses and muses on hundreds of sketches, paintings and charcoal drawings, drawing his own links with Welles’ cinematic oeuvre, he finds something genuinely new to say about a much-revered man.




Given access to an abundant archive of never-before-seen drawings and paintings by Orson Welles, filmmaker Mark Cousins considers what might have preoccupied the filmmaker, how he saw the world and the themes to which he would return throughout his career.