Me & Orson Welles
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About the Film
High-schooler Richard Samuels lucks into a role in a daring Broadway production of Julius Caesar. Cues, staging, rehearsals, romance, rivalries: he has a lot to learn. And the first thing to learn is never upstage Mercury Theatre's genius director, 22-year-old Orson Welles. Zac Efron wins hearts and applause as Richard, the Me of this celebratory curtain call for when dreams - and the theater - were big. Christian McKay offers an uncanny Welles, the imposing, impetuous center of Richard's exciting new universe. Claire Danes is the enterprising stage assistant drawn into both men's lives. And Richard Linklater (Before Sunset, The School of Rock) directs with the vibrant spirit of those for whom all the world is a stage. Bravo!
Me & Orson Welles - Spellbinding
Warm film giving a glimpse of what it must have been like in Orson's circle, if only for a moment. With the joy, wonder and pain that it brings, in this coming of age tail for this young man. Convincing cast, engaging characters with a strong script what more could you ask for. Watched on first release in 2009 now buying again to share.
A light touch
Rick Linklater is one of the few working directors who could have made a film like this - enjoyable, meaningful but with a light touch that makes the film suitable for most age groups. What a great cast too!
- Genre: Comedy
- Released: 2009
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