Has anyone else seen this short by Orson Welles, based on a short story by John Collier?
I’m posting this in honor of the new video embed feature, and because I dig the work of both men.
EDIT: And my videos didn’t make it past the sanitizer. :-(
Yes, it’s quite wonderful. It was made as a pilot (for Desilu) of what Welles hoped would be a series — much like “Alfred Hitchcock Present.s” But sadly it never sold.
Yes, many years ago, I managed to see this TV show, but I had to go to a vault on, I believe, the Paramount lot to do so. Despite its near-obscurity, I think it won a Peabody Award. I agree with David Ehrenstein: “It’s quite wonderful,” and well worth seeing. If the YouTube link sent by Vellaem has The Fountain of Youth available, I’ll go watch it again immediately!
I saw it at The Museum Of Radio And Television in Beverly Hills in the early 2000’s. It is something I always think of as one of the great “what might have been”’s for Welles. The idea of an anthology television show wherein he uses the medium in innovative ways to tell stories- I mean looking at the pilot, he uses slides!
I try to embed it whenever it is available on You Tube. One of the greats.
“The Fountain of Youth” is a great short film, one of my favorites actually, and also, in m opinion, one of Welles’ finest, right behind “F for Fake”, “Touch of Evil”, and “Chimes at Midnight”
Personally, I think this is the finest achievement of Welles’ career. It’s clearly made within the limits of television, that is to say the camera can’t capture much background detail or stray far from the characters (and if memory serves me it never moves at all), but what is done within those limits is pretty breathtaking and imaginative even by today’s standards.
This may work…
wow thx for posting this
You’re welcome! I love this pilot almost as much as I love F For Fake!
“a rather crazy little love story” really says it all. OW really was ahead of his time. No wonder he had to decamp to Europe.
So which glands are ductless, anyway?
Curiously, duck glands.