Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles

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The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Chuck Workman
Produced by Charles S. Cohen
  • John Sharaf
  • Tom Hurwitz
  • Michael Lisnet
Edited by Chuck Workman
  • Cohen Welles Project
  • Calliope Films
  • Wheelhouse Creative
Distributed by Cohen Media Group
Release date
  • December 10, 2014 (2014-12-10)
Running time
95 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Magician: The Astonishing Work and Life of Orson Welles is a 2014 American documentary film by Chuck Workman.


Produced on the eve of the centenary of Orson Welles's birth, the film is a chronological review of his personal life and achievements in theatre, radio and film. It includes excerpts of nearly all of Welles's films, archival footage and audio, and interviews with colleagues, biographers, critics, friends and contemporary directors who credit his influence. [1]


First presented at numerous film festivals,[2] the film was released theatrically on December 10, 2014.[3]


The film received positive reviews [4] with 73% on Rotten Tomatoes [5] and 67 on Metacritic [6]

The Observer called the film "an excellent primer on the maestro’s career".[7]


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