Around the World with Orson Welles DVD


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From the British Film Institute   

Around the World with Orson Welles                


Run time: 158 minutes

Part home-movie, part cinematic essay, each episode of Wellesí first television venture takes the viewer on a fascinating journey to see the famous people and places in key cities across Europe.

Orson Welles, a hugely successful polymath who forged a career in film, radio and theatre, was little known for his TV work. In 1955, Associated-Rediffusion commissioned Welles to make his first television production, inviting him to write, direct and host a mini-series.

Despite its grand title, the series was filmed entirely in Europe. In Paris, we are introduced to famous artists such as Jean Cocteau; in Madrid, we attend a bullfight; and in Vienna, in an episode which was long believed lost, we are taken to the locations of The Third Man.

A unique and fascinating insight into one of modern cinema’s most revered figures, Around the World with Orson Welles finally receives its world premiére on DVD.

All 6 original episodes: Pays Basque I – The Basque Countries (1955, 26mins) | Pays Basque II – La Pelote Basque (1955, 25 mins) | Revisiting Vienna (1955, 27 mins) | St.-Germain-des-Prés (1955, 26 mins) | London – The Queen’s Pensioners (1955, 26 mins) | Spain – The Bullfight (1955, 27 mins)


The Dominici Affair (Christophe Cognet, 2000, 52 mins): documentary about the incomplete Around the World with Orson Welles The Tragedy of Lurs episode.

The Levin Interview with Orson Welles (John Phillips, 1967, 27 mins): rare interview with Welles discussing his work and career with Bernard Levin.

Fully illustrated booklet with a new essay by Ben Walters and full film credits.

Run time: 158 mins | 2 discs | Black & White

Additional information

Weight 0.185 kg
Dimensions 13.5 × 19.5 × 2.5 cm