Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Me & Orson Welles

While it’s a lot of fun to watch on its own, Richard Linklater’s latest film may be a lot more enjoyable if you do a little bit of homework before you go to see it. The story of how Welles changed the theatrical world with his 1937 Broadway production of Julius Caesar is much richer if you know a little bit more about the time it’s set and the people who play a part in the event before the theater lights go down. The film stars Christian McKay as Welles, and he does an unforgettable job of bringing the talented egomaniacal director to life. It’s not just a matter of getting the man’s distinctive voice and larger-than-life mannerisms across, either. McKay embodies the man so completely that you’ll walk out of the theater with an intense desire to see something else he’s done just so you can measure how good a performance it really is (and be sure it’s not just a clever bit of mimicry). You will also want to see a lot more of Welles' movies, too.

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