Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles

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Original title Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles
Category Documentary
UK Release Date
Production year 2014
Production Country
Directors Chuck Workman
Cast Orson Welles, Peter Bogdanovich, Julie Taymor, Steven Spielberg, Elvis Mitchell, Simon Callow, William Friedkin, Norman Lloyd, Robert Wise, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Costa-Gavras, Anthony Perkins, Walter Murch, Jonathan Rosenbaum
Distributor British Film Institute (BFI)

Synopsis

A wonderfully entertaining, illuminating and very touching portrait of Orson Welles. A child prodigy who went on to make extraordinary, often game-changing contributions to whatever medium he chose to be involved in – radio, theatre, film and TV – Welles quickly 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; testimonies from family, friends and fans, collaborators and critics (from Simon Callow to Steven Spielberg); and, best of all, anecdotes, admissions and insights galore from the great man himself. As Peter Brook says, we shall never see his like again.