Director: Gérard Corbiau
MPAA Rating: N/A
Screenwriter: Orson Welles
Starring: Susan Sarandon, Martin Sheen, Cliff Curtis
Copyright Holder: N/A
Susan Sarandon, Martin Sheen and Cliff Curtis are attached to star in Gérard Corbiau's "The Dreamers," from Orson Welles' unfinished last project. In 1979, Welles and Oja Kodar, the Croatian actress and writer who was Welles' companion in his later years, collaborated on a screenplay based on two stories from the Karen Blixen book "Seven Gothic Tales." Welles shot 20 minutes of 35mm footage based on the screenplay, using his Hollywood home as the set for the film. Welles' "The Dreamers" consists of two segments, the first segment involves Welles as a 19th century Dutch-Jewish merchant who recounts the story of Pellegrina Leoni, an Italian opera diva who mysteriously disappeared after losing the ability to sing. The second segment Kodar as Pellegrina, who declares her farewell to her merchant friend while announcing that she is disappearing to seek a new anonymous life. Welles never acquired financial backing for this project and a full production of "The Dreamers" never came to fruition. The surviving footage is archived in Germany's Munich Filmmuseum, and it has been made public in several film festivals and retrospectives of Welles' work.