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Friday, April 30, 2010

Me And Orson Welles (2009)

Based on a novel by Robert Kaplow, Richard Linklater (BEFORE SUNRISE) directs this wonderfully clever conceit about a high school senior (Zac Efron) who gets a small part in Orson Welles’ legendary Mercury theatre production of JULUIS CAESAR in 1937. It’s a dreamy look at the magic of theatre and of art and of genius (in this case, Welles). Christian McKay gives a deliciously wicked portrait of Welles that goes beyond mere impersonation and inhabits the egotistical wizard. Claire Danes, Ben Chaplin, James Tupper (as Joseph Cotten) all give excellent support.

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