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The Criterion release of THE IMMORTAL STORY

The Immortal Story is unlikely to roar to life as a re-discovered lost classic; though it’s very good, it’s simply too modest of an achievement, its somber tone and brief running time and televisual crampyness go against all of what we think we’re looking for in movies. Frankly, it feels slight enough that I’m not sure why Criterion didn’t just include it as a bonus disc in the Chimes package. But there are worse things to be than a Welles completist, and the loss of that extra inch of shelf space will be more than made up for by the considerable virtues of even this lesser effort: