Summer Series
Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014)
Summer of Magic
Summer of Magic
Annette Insdorf
Thu, August 9th, 2018 |
7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Free Program


Orson Welles’s life was magical: a musical prodigy at age 10, a director of Shakespeare at 14, a painter at 16, a star of stage and radio at 20, romances with some of the most beautiful women in the world—and Citizen Kane, considered by many to be the most important movie ever made, created when he was only 25. Magician features scenes from almost every existing Welles film, from Hearts of Age—which he made in a day when he was only 18—to rarely seen clips from his final unfinished works like The Other Side of the Dream, The Deep, and Don Quixote, as well as his televised and commercial work. In this riveting documentary, explore the enigmatic life and career of filmmaker Orson Welles as a Hollywood star, a Hollywood director (for some a Hollywood failure), and a crucially important independent filmmaker whose films are rife with illusions and tricks of the eye. Runtime 95 minutes.

Introduced by Annette Insdorf, professor of Film at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and moderator of the “Reel Pieces” series at the 92nd Street Y


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


Free as part of our Summer of Magic evenings. Reserve tickets by calling (212) 485-9268 or clicking "Reserve Now" above. Unclaimed tickets will be released ten minutes before the program begins.

Creative: Tronvig Group