The Orson Welles Film Fest continues with The Lady From Shanghai on Saturday, May 17th at 1:00 p.m. Admission is $5.
To explore these Welles films in greater depth, there will be a brief introduction before each of the films and Q&A afterwards.
Saturday at 1:00 p.m.- Dean Rowe
Front Row Productions. Producer of documentaries, former producer/director at NBC-TV. Host of “The Dean Rowe Show” on huntleyradio.com
The Lady From Shanghai (1948):
Michael O'Hara, against his better judgement, hires on as a crew member of Arthur Bannister's yacht, sailing to San Francisco. They pick up Grisby, Bannister's law partner, en route. Bannister has a wife, Rosalie, who seems to like Michael much better than she likes her husband. After they dock in Sausalito, Michael goes along with Grisby's weird plan to fake his (Grisby's) murder so he can disappear untailed. He wants the $5000 Grisby has offered, so he can run off with Rosalie. But Grisby turns up actually murdered, and Michael gets blamed for it. Somebody set him up, but it is not clear who or how. Bannister (the actual murderer?) defends Michael in court.
Eighty years ago Orson Welles, then a student at the Todd School for Boys, began his career as a theatre director for both theatre and film. In additional he published “Everybody’s Shakespeare” on the Todd Press in collaboration with Roger Hill, his mentor and instructor.
To commemorate his many faceted career Woodstock Celebrates will host a variety of events at various venues on the Woodstock Square. Classic Cinemas Woodstock Theatre will present four of his films. His films were not always box office successes, but took a “maturing” through a period of time to gain the recognition they deserved. The four films selected were from his most productive period in the 1940’s when he both acted and directed them. However, during the filming of The Lady from Shanghai another director was brought in to finish the film and Welles does not appear in credits as director.
For a list of other Orson Welles event, please visit www.welleswoodstock.com