The Many Faces Of Orson Welles

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Today, Carol Reed's classic 1949 thriller The Third Man is being re-released in the US. It stars the great Joseph Cotton and the great Orson Welles, the latter of which would have become exactly 100 last month, had he still lived. With him in cinemas again, let's have this week's quiz be about Orson Welles!

Many actors are called "legendary", but few earn it as much as Orson Welles. Because every single aspect of his life, whether an up or a down, seems to have plenty of rich stories attached.

And of course there are his tumultuous love-hate relationships with Hollywood, his works of genius as a director (isn't Citizen Kane still the most highly acclaimed debut ever?), his great booming voice, his talent for showing insecurity and vile evil as an actor.

So once again I'm going to use thirteen pictures of one of my favourite thespians to make a quiz. Click through the images, and guess which movies they're from. No competition, no prizes, just for fun, try to see how far you get without using IMDb!

And I'll post the answers next Thursday, or earlier if someone gets all thirteen of them right.

James Marsh, Kurt Halfyard, Jim Tudor and Dustin Chang contributed to this story.

And here he is as Harry Lime in The Third Man.

This picture doesn't count yet for the quiz, but all others do. So please browse through the gallery: click on the edge of the picture to get the next one, and see how many of them all you can identify!

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Paul MJune 26, 2015 12:38 PM

What a chameleon he was, even disregarding his weight gain. I thought I knew Orson's roles pretty well but apart from Chuck, Harry and a few other iconic parts I'm at a loss here. Except of course for his swan song , voicing the "giant toy that attacks other toys".

Marc T.June 26, 2015 7:33 PM

1) Casino Royale
3) Moby Dick
4) Touch Of Evil
6) Othello
9) Waterloo?
10) Chimes Of Midnight
11) F For Fake
12) Citizen Kane?

Ard VijnJune 27, 2015 1:19 PM

All correct, bar Othello! And strangely enough, you almost got number 2 as well, heh...

That leaves 2, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 13!

Stitch_JonesJune 27, 2015 2:03 PM

2) Crack in the Mirror?
5) Butterfly
7) Long Hot Summer
8) The Trial

God of JoyJune 27, 2015 2:23 PM

13. Transformers the [animated] movie

Ard VijnJune 27, 2015 8:07 PM

You have 5, 7 and 8 correct!
That leaves 2, 6 and 13...

Ard VijnJune 27, 2015 8:07 PM

Tadaaaa! Yep.
That leaves 2 and 6...

Marc T.June 28, 2015 2:22 PM


Filming Othello ? ;)

Ard VijnJune 28, 2015 6:19 PM

LOL, no, this is an honest different picture, and Welles was featured like this on its poster. At the time, the blurb for it was "Biggest picture in ten years!", believe it or not...

Ard VijnJuly 10, 2015 9:12 AM

Well(es), ehm... good thing I didn't say WHICH Thursday I'd be giving the answers, right? This way I'm only one day late.

Anyway, here are all the answers, and the people who recognized them first. Note that two films never got guessed!

2: I'LL NEVER FORGET WHAT'S'ISNAME (ironically unguessed)
3: MOBY DICK (Marc T.)
4: TOUCH OF EVIL (Marc T.)
5: BUTTERFLY (Stitch_Jones)
6: BLACK MAGIC (unguessed)
7: THE LONG, HOT SUMMER (Stitch_Jones)
8: THE TRIAL (Stitch_Jones)
9: WATERLOO (Marc T.)
11: F FOR FAKE (Marc T.)
12: CITIZEN KANE (Marc T.)