There’s the Orson Welles who made “Citizen Kane,” and then there’s the Orson Welles who forever afterward struggled to retain control of his films, complete movies, and live up the legacy of his breakthrough. He’s one of cinemas most enduring and fascinating figures, and he gets a new look in Chuck Workman‘s upcoming documentary, “Magician: The Astonishing Life And Work Of Orson Welles.”
Featuring input from Martin Scorsese, Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich, Steven Spielberg, Paul Mazursky, Walter Murch, and more, the film promises to be a fascinating look into the enigma of Welles, but also how, even all these years on, he’s still underappreciated. Outside of “Citizen Kane,” he’s the man who delivered “Lady From Shanghai,” “The Trial,” “The Magnificent Ambersons,” and “Touch Of Evil,” and even if he was never quite embraced by Hollywood, he loved the movie world all the same.
“Magician” will have an Oscar-qualifying run in Los Angeles starting on December 12th. Check out the trailer below.