Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles

(USA, 2014, 94 mins)
FEATURING Orson Welles, Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich, Richard Linklater, Steven Spielberg, Walter Murch, Jeanne Moreau


May 16 02:00 pm
May 17 03:00 pm
May 23 12:20 pm
May 24 03:00 pm

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