Magician: The Astonishing Life And Work Of Orson Welles
Filmfest 2015

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A look 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.

"No other Welles chronicler has gone to Woodstock, Illinois, to film the very theater in which Orson, in his early teens, put on and acted in his first Shakespeare productions, or has so vividly captured his subject's 1950s European sojourn (we hear Welles speaking barely passable Italian), which qualified him as the pioneer post-war independent American filmmaker."
Todd McCarthy,

tags: Documentary, Filmmaking, Portrait

With: (Dokumentarfilm) Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Richard Linklater, Costa-Gavras, Peter Bogdanovich


Screenplay: Chuck Workman

Director of Photography: John Sharaf, Tom Hurwitz ASC, Michael Lisnet

Film Editor: Chuck Workman

Composer: Bernard Herrmann, Sergei Prokofiev, Erik Satie, Tomaso Albinoni, Burt Bacharach, Michel Legrand, Elliott Goldenthal

Producer: Charles S. Cohen

Production Company: Cohen Media Group

Co-Producer: Alice Henty

World Sales: Cohen Media Group

Director: Chuck Workman