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Workman Orson Welles Documentary Will Debut at Telluride

Workman Orson Welles Documentary Will Debut at Telluride

You can always count on a few cinephile documentaries to show at the Telluride Film Festival. This year Chuck Workman will debut his newest film “Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles.” 
Workman digs into Welles’ oeuvre on the eve of his centenary, from his career as a Hollywood star and troubled director to his true identity as an independent filmmaker.
“Magician” includes clips from almost every existing Welles film, from “Hearts of Age,” which he shot in one day at age 18 to rare unfinished films “The Other Side of the Dream,” “The Deep,” and “Don Quixote” as well as some appearances on television and commercials. Also in the film are interviews with Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Richard Linklater (“Me and Orson Welles”), and of course, critic and filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich. 

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I’m cautiously looking forward to this. I think the last Welles documentary I saw was the awful one produced by the American Experience, which somehow got nominated for an Oscar. Sensationalist trash with little (if any) understanding of what Welles’ filmmaking career really accomplished. The fact that this documentary acknowledges Welles as an "independent filmmaker" gives it a huge edge, but I’m still cautious.

Maggie Snyder

I want to see anything new or old of Welles
he was an amazing artist.


No comments, really…? Well, I'm very excited, anyway… Always happy to see something new about Welles…

But, um… Ahem… It's "Other Side of the WIND," Anne…

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