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MAGICIAN: THE ASTONISHING LIFE AND WORKS OF ORSON WELLES
2014, Cohen Media, 94 min, USA, Dir: Chuck Workman

Orson Welles’ body of work - on stage, radio and movie screens – is among the most tantalizing of the 20th century, filled with both stunning achievements and frustrating setbacks. Acclaimed documentarian Chuck Workman tells the story of the legendary director using clips from virtually all of Welles’ films and interviews with friends, colleagues and (in archival footage) the man himself.


THE LAST BOLSHEVIK
1993, Icarus Films, 116 min, France, Dir: Chris Marker

If there’s anything to equal SANS SOLEIL, it may be THE LAST BOLSHEVIK, Chris Marker’s astonishing look at the history of 20th-century Russia through the life and work of his dear friend, filmmaker Alexander Medvedkin. Told in the form of six letters to the late Medvedkin, THE LAST BOLSHEVIK is a film of heartbreaking devotion (to a friend, to an ideology, to film itself), of acidic wit and endless curiosity - oh, hell, we’ve run out of superlatives on this one. It’s simply one of the best films from the past decade - don’t miss it! In French and Russian with English subtitles.


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