'Magician' conjures up the wonder that was Orson Welles

January 7, 2015 2:11 PM

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Kanye West never cut a duet with Orson Welles. But younger people should know him, and Chuck Workman's fine, brisk and thoroughly entertaining overview of Orson, "Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles," easily makes the case why.

In brilliant, light-handed strokes, Workman's documentary captures the "boy genius," the young tyro who was coddled through what could have been a traumatic childhood, indulged as he bluffed his way onto the stage and celebrated as he revolutionized the Depression Era theater, almost overnight, in h...

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