MAGICIAN: THE ASTONISHING LIFE AND WORK OF ORSON WELLES
First show: April 03
“A writer needs a pen, an artist needs a brush, but a filmmaker needs an army.” With no lack of talent and fearlessness, Orson Welles took the Hollywood establishment by storm, only to find that Tinseltown couldn’t cope with his class of genius. He was thereby forced to become a pioneer of guerrilla filmmaking, cobbling together resources in the service of half-f inished projects and compromised masterpieces. In this entrancing survey of Welles’s life, Academy Award-winning director Chuck Workman—renowned for his Oscars movie-clip montages—blends archival footage with a veritable who’s who of the cinematic and theatrical worlds to follow the trajectory of a career that went from boy wonder to outcast, to legend. A master class of assembly, the film alternates between breakneck momentum and more thoughtful meditations on a visual maestro who remained cryptic, insatiable, and fiercely independent, leaving us a body of work with few equals in movie history. (MVFF)
Dir: Chuck Workman. USA. 94 min.
About the Filmmaker
Just about anytime you watch an inspirational Academy Award clip montage or memorable film trailer, you are witnessing the genius of Chuck Workman. In addition to creating short films and openings for 20 Academy Award presentations, Workman has directed the Oscar-winning short Precious Images, produced several documentaries (Superstar, The Source, The First 100 Years), edited main titles and sequences for countless film and television series, and crafted the iconic trailers for Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and American Graffiti, among many others. Workman continues to galvanize audiences with his stirring cinematic compositions and demonstrates his absolute command of the form in homage to another master, Orson Welles, in this year’s Magician. (MVFF)
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