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. Orson Welles's life was magical: a musical prodigy at age 10, a director of Shakespeare at 14, a painter at 16, a star of stage and radio at 20, romances with some of the most beautiful women in the world, including Rita Hayworth. His work was similarly extraordinary, most notably Citizen Kane. (considered by many to be the most important movie ever made), created by Welles when he was only 25. In the years following Citizen Kane, Welles's career continued to change as he made film after film (some never finished, many dismissed) and acted in other projects often to earn money in order to keep making his own films. Magician features scenes from almost every existing Welles film, from Hearts of Age, (which he made in a day when he was only 18 years old) to rarely-seen clips from his final unfinished works like The Other Side of the Dream. The Deep, and Don Quixote, as well as his television and commercial work.

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Magician: Astonishing Life & Work Of Orson Welles (2014)

1h 34m

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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. Orson Welles's life was magical: a musical prodigy at age 10, a director of Shakespeare at 14, a painter at 16, a star of stage and radio at 20, romances with some of the most beautiful women in the world, including Rita Hayworth. His work was similarly extraordinary, most notably Citizen Kane. (considered by many to be the most important movie ever made), created by Welles when he was only 25. In the years following Citizen Kane, Welles's career continued to change as he made film after film (some never finished, many dismissed) and acted in other projects often to earn money in order to keep making his own films. Magician features scenes from almost every existing Welles film, from Hearts of Age, (which he made in a day when he was only 18 years old) to rarely-seen clips from his final unfinished works like The Other Side of the Dream. The Deep, and Don Quixote, as well as his television and commercial work.

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Orson Welles

Self (archive footage)
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Simon Callow

Self
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Christopher Welles

Self (as Christopher Welles Feder)
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Joanne Hill Styles

Self
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Norman Lloyd

Self
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Micheál MacLiammóir

Self (archive footage)
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Ruth Ford

Self (archive footage)
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Julie Taymor

Self
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Paolo Cherchi Usai

Self
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Norman Corwin

Self (archive footage)
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Peter Bogdanovich

Self
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James Naremore

Self
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William Alland

Self (archive footage)
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Reggie Armour

Self (archive footage)
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Steven Spielberg

Self
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William Randolph Hearst

Self (archive footage)
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John Houseman

Self (archive footage)
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William Friedkin

Self
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Dolores del Rio

Self (archive footage)
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Robert Wise

Self (archive footage)
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Richard Wilson

Self (archive footage)
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Pandro S. Berman

Self (archive footage)
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Elvis Mitchell

Self
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Martin Scorsese

Self
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Jonathan Rosenbaum

Self
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Henry Jaglom

Self
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Joseph McBride

Self
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Suzanne Cloutier

Self (archive footage)
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Beatrice Welles

Self (as Beatrice Welles-Smith)
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Peter Brook

Self (as Sir Peter Brook)
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Charlton Heston

Self (archive footage)
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Walter Murch

Self
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George Lucas

Self
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Eric Sherman

Self
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Costa-Gavras

Self
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Anthony Perkins

Self (archive footage)
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Richard Linklater

Self
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Oja Kodar

Self
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Buck Henry

Self
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Richard Benjamin

Self
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Wolfgang Puck

Self
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Stefan Drössler

Self
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Jeanne Moreau

Self
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Peter Viertel

Self (archive footage)
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Michael Dawson

Self
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Sydney Pollack

Self (archive footage)
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Paul Mazursky

Self
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Frank Marshall

Self
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Dennis Hopper

Self (archive footage)
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Glenn Anders

George Grisby (clip from Lady from Shanghai (1947)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Martin Balsam

Colonel Cathcart (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Keith Baxter

Prince Hal (clip from Falstaff (Chimes at Midnight) (1965)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Richard Bennett

Major Amberson (clip from The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Andrew B. Clark

Sidney Manulis (clip from Radio Days (1987)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Ray Collins

Jack Amberson (clip from The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Dorothy Comingore

Susan Alexander Kane (clip from Citizen Kane (1941)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Bobby Cooper

George Minafer as a boy (clip from The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Dolores Costello

Isabel Amberson Minafer (clip from The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Joseph Cotten

Jedediah Leland (archive footage) (uncredited)
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George Coulouris

Walter Parks Thatcher (clip from Citizen Kane (1941)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Elmyr de Hory

Self (clip from F for Fake (1973)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Joan Fontaine

Jane Eyre (archive footage) (uncredited)
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John Gielgud

Henry IV (clip from Falstaff (Chimes at Midnight) (1965)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Jeffrey Green

Rudy Linnekar (clip from Touch of Evil (1958)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Tim Holt

George Minafer (clip from The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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John Huston

J.J. Jake Hannaford (clip from The Other Side of the Wind (2018)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Joi Lansing

Zita (clip from Touch of Evil (1958)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Mercedes McCambridge

Gang Leader (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Christian McKay

Orson Welles (clip from Me and Orson Welles (2008)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Patricia Medina

Mily (clip from Mr. Arkadin (1955)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Victor Millan

Manelo Sanchez (clip from Touch of Evil (1958)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Mort Mills

Al Schwartz (clip from Touch of Evil (1958)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Joanna Moore

Marcia Linnekar (clip from Touch of Evil (1958)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Agnes Moorehead

Mary Kane (clip from Citizen Kane (1941)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Jeanette Nolan

Lady Macbeth (clip from Macbeth (1948)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Austin Pendleton

Lt. Col. Moodus (clip from Catch-22 (1970)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Francisco Reiguera

Don Quijote (clip from Don Quijote de Orson Welles (1992)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Edward G. Robinson

Mr. Wilson (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Margaret Rutherford

Mistress Quickly (clip from Falstaff (Chimes at Midnight) (1965)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Erskine Sanford

Herbert Carter (clip from Citizen Kane (1941)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Paul Scofield

Thomas More (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Harry Shannon

Kane's Father (clip from Citizen Kane (1941)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Everett Sloane

Mr. Bernstein (clip from Citizen Kane (1941)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Paul Stewart

Raymond (clip from Citizen Kane (1941)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Buddy Swan

Kane, age eight (clip from Citizen Kane (1941)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Akim Tamiroff

'Uncle' Joe Grandi (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Ruth Warrick

Emily Monroe Norton Kane (clip from Citizen Kane (1941)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
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Alan Webb

Shallow (clip from Falstaff (Chimes at Midnight) (1965)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Crew
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Chuck Workman

Director
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Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD Slim, Low))

5/26/2015

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Magician: Astonishing Life & Work Of Orson Welles

(DVD, Keep Case (Std.))

5/26/2015

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