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DVD: Me and Orson Welles (12A)

Richard Linklater's very straightforward, refreshingly so, drama revolves around Orson Welles's memorable 1937 Mercury Theatre production of Julius Caesar, set in Mussolini's fascist Italy.

The Girlfriend Experience (15); Me and Orson Welles (12A)

Soderbergh’s glossy take on prostitution is nowhere near as much fun as Linklater’s tribute to a theatrical heavyweight

Me and Orson Welles (12A)

Life with citizen Welles

Citizen Kane (U)

It would be nice to be able to buck the critical orthodoxy and say how tired and overrated Citizen Kane is; but the dulll truth is, it's still, indisputably, one of the great masterpieces of cinema – looking even better in this cleaned-up digital print, which shows off the wonderful clarity and detail of Gregg Toland's "deep focus" camerawork, bolstering the complexities of the story with new layers of feeling.

My life with Orson Welles

Richard Linklater's latest film is a loving tribute to the great Citizen Kane director. Geoffrey Macnab reports on an enduring influence, and five film insiders share their memories of the man

On the trail of The Third Man

Sixty years after Graham Greene's classic was first screened in the UK, Paul Gogarty finds that the film's elusive anti-hero still haunts Vienna

Return of Ryan's daughter

Sarah Miles, star of David Lean's 1970 classic drama set in Ireland, is planning a sequel

Me and Orson Welles, By Robert Kaplow

One young man's encounter with a citizen on the verge of genius

France forgets giants of British cinema

No wonder Peter O'Toole looks shocked: the prestigious <i>Cahiers du Cinema</i> has revealed its list of the 100 greatest films of all time &ndash; and not one of them was made here. John Lichfield reports

The Week In Radio: The trouble with history and 'Citizen Kane'

Last week, I came across a review of a book on the plague that devastated Europe and the near East between the sixth and eighth centuries. The what, you say? Well, quite: for centuries, this plague was all but forgotten: we know all about the Black Death, but this plague, which may have been far greater, which decimated cities, wiped out thousands of villages, killed millions, vanished from view.

The Sweet Smell of Success

Directed by Alexander Mackendrick

Orson Welles: Hello Americans by Simon Callow

Genius without portfolio

FILM STUDIES: Too much monkey business, not enough respect

How does this grab you? On American television last week a commercial aired in which approximately this happened - I only saw it the once, and I was angry straight away, so leave a little room for doubt over exactness. The ad begins with the classic scene from the 1952 movie, Singin' in the Rain, the one where Gene Kelly, with the help of an umbrella, a studio rain-storm, a passer-by or two, some artfully laid-down puddles, and a stern cop, does the number "Singin' in the Rain", a song written by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed in 1928 but immortalised in this movie.
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