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The Immortal Story [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1968]
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Special Features

  • Alternate French-language version of the film
  • Audio Commentary from 2009 featuring film scholar Adrian Martin
  • Interview from 2004 with Cinematographer Willy Kurant
  • New Interview with actor Norman Eshley
  • New interview with Welles scholar François Thomas
  • New, restored 4k digital transfer of the English-language version of the film, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Plus: An essay by film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum
  • Portrait: Orson Welles, a 1968 documentary Directed by François Reichenbach and Frederic Rossif


The Immortal Story
Immortal Story was directed by Orson Welles, who also stars as a fabulously wealthy, but bitter and dictatorial, European merchant. Soured on life, Mr. Clay (Welles) decides to play games with the lives of others. He decides to make the "immortal" legend of a sailor seducing a rich man's wife come true and even picks the sailor (Roger Coggio) himself. Through Mr. Clay's machinations, the sailor beds a beautiful younger woman (Jeanne Moreau) whom Clay pays to pose as his own wife. There's little more to the story than that, but Welles weaves his short tale with an economy and expertise which proves he hadn't lost his touch by 1969. Based on a story by Isaak Dinesen, The Immortal Story was originally made for French television; it was also the only Orson Welles-directed film to be released in color. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Orson Welles
    Orson Welles - Mr. Clay
  • Jeanne Moreau
    Jeanne Moreau - Viginie Ducrot
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    Roger Coggio - Elishama Levinsky, the bookkeeper
  • Image coming soon
    Norman Eshley - Paul, the sailor
  • Fernando Rey
    Fernando Rey - Merchant
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