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The Immortal Story

Based on a short story by Karen Blixen, The Immortal Story is set in the Portuguese colony of Macao in the 19th century and concerns a wealthy merchant with skeletons in his closet. Welles’ second-to-last completed feature, the film boasts sumptuous cinematography by Willy Kurant, who would go on to work with Godard and music by Eric Satie. Originally released as part of a double bill with Buñuel’s Simon of the Desert, like much of Welles’ work it polarised the critics.