• Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014)

Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles

Release Date: December 10th, 2014

PG-13 |1 hr 32 min

Plot Summary

From his infamous broadcast of "The War of the Worlds," to his landmark film "Citizen Kane," Orson Welles becomes a legendary figure in theater, radio and Hollywood.

Cast: Peter Bogdanovich, Peter Brook, Simon Callow, William Friedkin, Henry Jaglom, Oja Kodar, Richard Linklater, Norman Lloyd

Director: Chuck Workman

Genres: Documentary

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger MooreMovie Nation

    The dazzling thing in Magician is how Workman breezily covers the various periods in Welles’ career, periods worthy of entire books, from his childhood as “The Boy Wonder,” to his post-“Kane” “Gypsy” years, when Hollywood was sure it had plenty of reasons not to hire him as a director, on up to today, as Richard “Boyhood” Linklater dubs him “the patron saint of indie filmmakers.” show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    Magician is worth seeing as a kind of curated tour through the movies and through Welles’ interviews. However, if you have more time and want to get into Welles on your own, an afternoon watching YouTube videos followed by a few evenings of watching his best movies might be even better. show more

  • 75
    Farran Smith NehmeNew York Post

    If this documentary is swift and witty, that’s in part because it relies heavily on clips of Orson Welles talking. And oh, how Welles could talk, that beautiful voice wrapping itself around tall tales and wine commercials with equal grace. show more

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