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Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles

Directed by: Chuck Workman
Runtime: 1hr 34min Year: 2014
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Directed by: Chuck Workman
Runtime: 1hr 34min Year: 2014
Country: United States
Last Screened: Wed 8th Jul 2015

Illuminating and entertaining throughout, this portrait of the late, great Orson Welles captures his prodigious talent, visionary work and exuberant life in all its glory.

“Orson Welles is the patron saint of independent filmmakers.” – Richard Linklater

A wonderfully entertaining, illuminating and ultimately, touching portrait of Orson Welles. A child prodigy, Welles went on to make extraordinary contributions to, radio, theatre, film and television during his career. Welles came to be regarded as a ‘genius’: a double-edged acclamation, with its hints of profligacy and arrogance.

The truth was more complex, as shown by Workman’s use of clips from works both familiar and unreleased alongside interviews with family, friends, collaborators and critics; but best of all are the anecdotes, admissions and insights from the great man himself. As Peter Brook says, we shall never see his like again.