ByJess O'Kane, writer at
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Jess O'Kane

Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles is one of the quieter entrants into the Oscar race, but the biography from veteran filmmaker Chuck Workman is already courting buzz.

Featuring interviews from Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Richard Linklater and Peter Bogdanovich, Magician charts Welles's rise from obscurity to acclaim, and his chequered relationship with big budget studios.

The synopsis suggests this might be one of the most comprehensive biographies of Welles yet:

Workman covers the midwestern childhood demons that fueled Citizen Kane, young Welles' prodigious theatrical accomplishments, love of Shakespeare, and move toward radio and cinema with "Citizen Kane," which was demolished by the film's fictionalized subject, William Randolph Hearst, as well as how Welles was his own worst enemy in terms of protecting his work.

You'll have to wait to see it though - the film has a limited one-week run at two cinemas in LA after its December 12th premiere.

It's enough to qualify it for the Oscars, however. And if the trailer is anything to go by, Workman is pulling out the big guns. Check it out below:

(Source: Geek Tyrant)


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