Friday, September 04, 2015

Venice Lido: 72nd Film Festival - Tribute to Orson Welles

Courtsey La Biennale di Venezia – credit Oja Kodar - Cinemazero – Filmmuseum - Munchen

Venice Lido: 72nd Film Festival  - Tribute to Orson Welles.  Dedicated entirely to the immortal genius of Orson Welles, for the centennial of his birth, two of his “Venetian” masterpieces inspired by Shakespeare and remarkably found and restored – The Merchant of Venice (1969, a film that was thought to have been lost) and Otello (1951), were shown at the pre-opening of Film Festival.

Above. Orson Welles on the set of The Merchant of Venice.

Shakespeare  and  Cigars Exhibition. Shakespeare and Cigars is a small exhibition of twelve studies for Shakespearean characters painted by Orson Welles himself and curated by Bianca Lavagnino and Sergio Toffetti. The wooden panels are painted on the back of his favorite cigars boxes in the 1960s featuring portraits in oil of a series of Shakespearean characters: Macbeth, Othello, Falstaff, Shylock
Above.  Orson Welles – Othello – 1960s. “I hate this Othello, a good deal less than the others…BUT IT MUST FACE, JAGO.”

Courtsey La Biennale di Venezia

Orson Welles – Othello

Shakespeare  and  Cigars – Tribute to Orson Welles
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