The Immortal Story / Histoire immortelle (1968) [Criterion Collection, Spine #831]
DVD Video, DVD9 + DVD5 | 0hr 57mn + 0hr 50mn | NTSC 16:9 | 720x480 | 5.82 Gb + 3.93 Gb
English: Dolby AC3, 1 ch; French: Dolby AC3, 1 ch
Orson Welles’s first color film and final completed fictional feature, The Immortal Story is a moving and wistful adaptation of a tale by Isak Dinesen. Welles stars as a wealthy merchant in nineteenth-century Macao, who becomes obsessed with bringing to life an oft-related anecdote about a rich man who gives a poor sailor a small sum of money to impregnate his wife. Also starring an ethereal Jeanne Moreau, this jewel-like film, dreamily shot by Willy Kurant and suffused with the music of Erik Satie, is a brooding, evocative distillation of Welles’s artistic interests – a story about the nature of storytelling and the fine line between illusion and reality.