Six Pix: Orson Welles

Six Pix presents a sextet of movie posters representing a particular actor/director/genre. You pick the one you feel is visually the most artistic or best sums up the film.

Six Pix takes a look at the work of the most acclaimed director of all time.


Included are: Citizen Kane (1941); The Magnificent Ambersons (1942); Journey into Fear (1943); The Stranger (1946); The Lady from Shanghai (1947); and Touch of Evil (1958).

Here are one-sheets from movies that Orson Welles directed. While Kane is universally thought of as his best film, I wonder if we can reach a consensus about which poster rises above the rest. What strikes me immediately is that the bottom tier (Welles’ later films) is more visually arresting than the top tier. That leaves us with a striking French portrait of Welles as The Stranger, a rare Italian poster depicting The Lady from Shanghai, and the original American version of Touch of Evil. The respective artists did impeccable work on all three of these. I have to give a slight nod to Italian painter Anselmo Ballester’s masterful Lady from Shanghai.

Which one do you think is the winner? Should I have included something else? Tell me about it below!

  • Gord Jackson

    I personally like the clean, less cluttered THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS.

  • david hartzog

    They are all pretty good, but i’ll swing with Touch of Evil.

  • Bruce Reber

    For me a tie between “Lady From Shanghai” (very provocative, looks like Rita Hayworth’s tits are about to come out of whatever she’s got on) and “Touch Of Evil” (showing a passionate moment between Charlton Heston and Janet Leigh) – I’ll go with “Touch Of Evil” though, my all-time favorite Welles movie!

  • hypatiab7

    I’ll go with ‘The Stranger”. The expression on Welles face is one that appeared very often in the film – fear and self-centeredness.