Around the World with Orson Welles
|Around the World
with Orson Welles
|Directed by||Orson Welles|
|Produced by||Louis Dolivet|
|Written by||Orson Welles|
|Starring||Orson Welles, Kenneth Tynan, Elaine Dundy|
|Running time||26 minutes|
|No. of episodes||6 (7th episode unfinished)|
Around the World with Orson Welles is a series of six short travelogues originally written and directed by Orson Welles for Associated-Rediffusion in 1955, for Britain's then-new ITV channel. Despite its title emphasizing the world, it was entirely filmed in Europe. Among the more notable episodes, Welles visited Jean Cocteau and Juliette Gréco in Paris, attended a bullfight in Madrid (with co-hosts Kenneth Tynan and Elaine Dundy) and visited the Basque Country.
- "Pays Basque I (The Basque Countries)", first broadcast 7 October 1955
- "Pays Basque II (La Pelote basque)", first broadcast 21 October 1955
- "Revisiting Vienna" (also known as "The Third Man Returns to Vienna"), first broadcast 4 November 1955
- "St.-Germain-des-Prés", first broadcast 18 November 1955
- "Chelsea Pensioners", first broadcast 2 December 1955
- "Madrid Bullfight", first broadcast 16 December 1955
For many years, it was believed that the third episode, "Revisiting Vienna", was lost. (The episode is also known as "The Third Man Returns to Vienna"; Welles starred in The Third Man in 1949.) In June 2011, the episode was found in the archives at the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research in Madison, Wisconsin, completing the series.
Posthumously completed episode
Orson Welles also worked on a seventh episode entitled "The Tragedy of Lurs", which was left incomplete. It was a documentary based on the controversial Dominici murder case in France, and contained interviews with many of the principals shortly after the trial. Production on this episode was halted, but in 2000, French filmmaker Christophe Cognet gathered together all of Welles's footage to complete the 27-minute episode, integrating it into a 52-minute documentary on the making of the film. Titled The Dominici Affair by Orson Welles, the documentary was released in France on VHS and DVD. Cognet's documentary offers one possible explanation for the episode's lack of completion, citing pressure from the French government.
Home video release
A set of the five known surviving episodes has been released on DVD, and The Dominici Affair was separately released on both VHS and DVD, but Third Man Returns to Vienna has not yet enjoyed a home release since its rediscovery.
- "Revisiting Vienna" at the British Film Institute
- Around the World with Orson Welles, "The Third Man Returns to Vienna" at the Internet Movie Database
- Ray Langstone, "Two AR TV confirmed finds - 50's". Missing Episodes.com, June 23, 2011. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
- Round the World with Orson Welles [sic] at the Wisconsin Historical Society. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
- The Dominici Affair by Orson Welles – a documentary film by Christophe Cognet
- Around the World with Orson Welles at the Internet Movie Database
- The Dominici Affair by Orson Welles at the Internet Movie Database