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Reel life: 'Macbeth,' 'Kane' screenings honor Welles

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  • Actor, director and writer Orson Welles gets a weekend retrospective in Woodstock with panels, films and a recreation of his classic "War of the Worlds" broadcast.

      Actor, director and writer Orson Welles gets a weekend retrospective in Woodstock with panels, films and a recreation of his classic "War of the Worlds" broadcast.

 
 

Film critics notebook:

• The first Orson Welles Film Festival takes place over the weekend at the Woodstock Theatre in Woodstock with four of the master's cinematic works being shown. (Yes, Woodstock does celebrate more than just "Groundhog Day.")

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"MacBeth" will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, May 16; "The Lady From Shanghai" will be shown at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17, followed by "The Stranger" at 7 p.m.; "Citizen Kane" will be shown at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 18. Admission for each is $5.

The weekend retrospective of the filmmaker's life and work includes a recreation of Welles' controversial "War of the Worlds" broadcast from 1938, plus panels led by Welles experts, including former Chicago Film Critic Association members Jonathan Rosenbaum and Robert K. Elder.

Welles was born in Kenosha, but lived in Woodstock from 1926-1934 when he attended the Todd School for Boys, where he met his mentor and teacher, Roger Hill. Go to facebook.com/WoodstockCelebratesInc for the full schedule.

• The After Hours Film Society presents Kithy Pahn's "The Missing Picture," recreating the horrors of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1979. Tickets cost $9, $5 members. afterhoursfilmsociety.com

• Dann Gire's Reel Life column runs Fridays in the Daily Herald.

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