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Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles


Insightful documentary examining the enigma that was Orson Welles

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Directed by Oscar®-winning documentary filmmaker Chuck Workman, Magician explores the life and career of Orson Welles, taking the viewer on a wild journey through his accomplished career in theatre and radio, and in film and television - both in Hollywood and in Europe.

Featuring new interviews with Welles authorities including Simon Callow and Peter Bogdanovich, and illustrated with a wealth of archival material and film extracts, Magician reveals a pioneering, uncompromising artist who, although misunderstood in his own time, is now rightfully lauded as a master of his art.


•Original theatrical trailer
•A Conversation with Director Chuck Workman (2014, 9 mins): film scholar Annette Insdorf interviews the award winning director
•A Personal Appreciation of Orson Welles by Simon Callow (2015, 31 mins): an insightful interview with the acclaimed actor and Welles biographer
•Fully illustrated booklet with an essay by Paul Fairclough and full film credits
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SKU 5035673020562
Catalogue Number BFIV2056
Product contents 1 disc
Year 2014
Director Chuck Workman
Format DVD
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries USA
Aspect ratio 1.78:1
Colour Colour / B&W
Sound Dolby Digital 5.1 (448kbps) and Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo (192kbps)
Subtitles English, optional for hearing-impaired
Language(s) English
Running time 87 mins
DVD region 2
Certificate PG
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