Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles
All magicians are actors, but not all actors can make magic. Orson Welles could: he’d dazzle us with his bag of tricks, defy gravity, mesmerize moviegoers, and reveal the human soul. He was a master illusionist, but also a sooth-sayer, one of those rare child prodigies who became an adult virtuoso, a showman and a genius.
A theatrical wunderkind who came to Hollywood in 1940 with an unprecedented carte blanche contract, he revolutionized the way movies were perceived with his very first film, Citizen Kane - for many people, the greatest movie ever made. But almost immediately Hollywood rejected him, for reasons industrial, political, and personal. Welles was compelled to become a pioneer independent filmmaker - pulling off a dozen brilliant, flawed, fascinating pictures and innumerable fragments of what could have been… A century from his birth in May 1915, this incisive, elegant documentary runs through a glittering and troubled career, and celebrates an artist whom we’re still struggling to get the measure of,some three decades since his passing.
“A bouquet to cinematic history.”
— Dennis Harvey, Variety
"Fascinating… leaves you hungry for more."
— Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly