Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles

December 10, 2014

Orson Welles in the documentary MAGICIAN: THE ASTONISHING LIFE AND WORK OF ORSON WELLES.

Directed by: Chuck Workman

Written by: N/A

Cast: N/A

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 94 minutes

Chuck Workman’s documentary about Orson Welles is a great movie for cinephiles that want to learn more about the genius filmmaker, but not necessarily as engaging for the general movie going public. The film does deftly cover Welles’ life from his early years in the theatre to his contemptuous relationship with Hollywood. The most interesting part was the section that covered the re-edit of TOUCH OF EVIL; editor Walter Murch and producer Rick Schmidlin in the late 1990’s re-edited the film from Welles’ 58-page memo suggesting his preferred changes to the original studio cut. This brief section in the film really demonstrates Welles’ understanding of drama and the cinema.

Grade: B

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