Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles

2014

Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles

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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.

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Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles looks at the remarkable genius of Orson Welles on the eve of his centenary - the enigma of his career as a Hollywood star, a Hollywood director (for some a Hollywood failure), and a crucially important independent filmmaker. North American Premiere at the 2014 Telluride Film Festival. (C) Cohen Media

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  • [Magician] has an inelegant, cobbled-together feel that doesn't do justice to its subject.

    Jul 2, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

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  • This film makes a valuable and stimulating case for brilliant Welles movies such as Chimes at Midnight and The Trial.

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

    Jul 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.

    Jun 30, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Workman clearly reveres Welles, but he's never reverent.

    Apr 2, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A dutiful but slightly dull celebration of the multitalented impresario ...

    Apr 2, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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