L'affaire Dominici Par Orson Welles
In 1955, Orson Welles directed 'The Tragedy of Lurs', an episode of the television series 'Around the World with Orson Welles' that was inspired by the murder of a British family near the Dominici farm in rural France. The film was unfinished, but the French director Christophe Cognet recovered Welles' materials and reconstructed the documentary, which is presented within a broader documentary about Welles and the making of the 'The Tragedy of Lurs'. [adapted from IMDB].
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L'affaire Dominici Par Orson Welles

2000
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52m
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Rated 02 Dec 2020
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Both 'The Tragedy of Lurs', at least what we see of it in its reconstituted form, and the making of this particular episode of 'Around the World with Orson Welles' are genuinely fascinating. What is made evident yet again here is that Welles was ahead of the times, in this case the medium was television. As Chapus and Pol testify, what Orson attempted to achieve here was revolutionary, particularly considering the proliferation of true crime television and films since the Drummond murders.
Rated 07 Mar 2021
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It's interesting to see Welles pioneering the true crime documentary, a genre that has now become ubiquitous, but most of the effort here seems to have gone into the reconstruction of the original program, with only a couple of new interviews added. Perhaps some exploration of Roland Barthes' discussion of the case in Mythologies could have been added, in which he attacks both the "myth of the transparency and the universality of language" and the use of the "psychology of the masters".

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