Welles began his direting career in 1940, at the age of
twenty-five, with Citizen Kane, an undisputed, ground-breaking
masterpiece of cinema history. Welles' satture as a baroque,
impetuous and profoundly free artist made the sudios uncomfortable.
He had control of every detail on the twelve feature films he was
able to make, including Lady from Shanghai with Rita Hayworth
(1947), Touch of Evil with Charlton Heston (1958), adaptations of
Shakespeare's plays including Macbeth (1948), Othello (1952) and
Kafka's The Trial (1962). Orson Welles remains a unique figure in
cinema history and a real source of imagination for future
generations of film-makers.