Orson Welles William Johnson - Essay

William Johnson

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

If [The Immortal Story] were signed by an unknown name like Orson Baddeleys instead of Orson Welles, I might (though I hope I wouldn't) credit its faults to the director and its virtues to chance and Isak Dinesen….

Welles's adaptation [of Dinesen's story] is in places oddly careless. (p. 44)

[The] discrepancies blur the impact of the story as Dinesen wrote it, and if Welles's intention was simply to translate the story into cinematic terms he did not achieve a brilliant success. But was that his intention?…

[Right] from the beginning of The Immortal Story I found it casting a spell which its weaknesses failed to break.

The clue...

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