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It may not quite live up to the superlative in its title, but Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles serves as a passable primer for those seeking an introduction to the legendary filmmaker. Read critic reviews

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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.

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  • Excerpts from unfinished films offer glimpses of what might have been, while Welles in discussion remains an unsurpassed raconteur.

    July 5, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • [Magician] has an inelegant, cobbled-together feel that doesn't do justice to its subject.

    July 2, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • This film makes a valuable and stimulating case for brilliant Welles movies such as Chimes at Midnight and The Trial.

    July 2, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A passible Welles hagiography which offers very little that you couldn't easily find in an Encyclopedia.

    July 2, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • If you're a budding film student or a newly-minted cineaste looking for a quick and easy brush-up on the all-time great American director, Magician will serve perfectly well.

    June 30, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • If director Chuck Workman maps a familiar rise and fall of rule-breaking brilliance it is vindicated by the great raconteur and in-depth praise from an impressive roster.

    June 29, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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