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Orson Welles honored in Huntington via his films

Cinema Arts Centre is serving up some vintage Orson Welles, and we don't mean his commercials for Paul Masson wines.

In honor of the late actor-director's centennial, the Huntington theater is screening some of his best films ("Citizen Kane" kicked things off May 27). The celebration continues June 15, when film historian Foster Hirsch presents the thriller "Touch of Evil" (1958) starring Charlton Heston as a Mexican drug enforcement agent out to nail a corrupt border-town sheriff (Welles). The movie, which was butchered by studio Universal upon its initial release, has been restored to Welles' original vision.

On June 18, film historian Philip Harwood shows 1948's the film noir "The Lady From Shanghai," in which Welles co-stars with then wife Rita Hayworth. The climactic house of mirrors scene is regarded as one of Welles' finest bits of filmmaking.

Coming up are the 2014 documentary "Magician: The Astonishing Life & Work of Orson Welles" on June 25; Welles' 1952 version of Shakespeare's "Othello," in which he plays the title role, on June 30, and the 1962 drama "The Trial," starring Anthony Perkins and Jeanne Moreau, on July 8.

All screenings are at 7:30 p.m. For more details, go to


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