Rated PG-13 · 107 minutes · 2009

The infamous 1937 Mercury Theatre staging of Julius Caesar is given a magnificent treatment in director Richard Linklater’s funny and nostalgic film. Linklater approaches the story of one of theater history’s greatest happenings with a surprisingly intimate eye and a true sense of authenticity. This was Orson Welles before he broadcast War of the Worlds or directed Citizen Kane. The sort of things he was pulling off in theater—like staging Caesar with a modern feel (he set the story in then-contemporary Fascist Italy)—were remarkably ahead of their time, and Linklater creates a fantastic, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants portrayal of a theater company not entirely confident in what they were doing. Christian McKay delivers one of the year’s best performances as Welles; it seems like he’s channeling the entertainment-history great. Zac Efron is very good as a high school kid who gets a small role in the play. This is one the best films to come from Linklater (The School of Rock).
Official Site: www.meandorsonwellesthemovie.com
Director: Richard Linklater
Producer: Richard Linklater, Marc Samuelson, Ann Carli, Steve Christian, John Sloss and Steve Norris
Cast: Zac Efron, Claire Danes, Christian McKay, Zoe Kazan, James Tupper, Leo Bill, Eddie Marsan, Ben Chaplin, Al Weaver, Kelly Reilly, Iain McKee, Simon Nehan, Imogen Poots and Patrick Kennedy


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The Coast Halifax Me and Orson Welles is forced with rare moments of charm A young actor unexpectedly gets cast in an Orson Welles production by Hillary Titley 12/10/2009
Charleston City Paper This year gave us a host of great films — one even had zombies In many areas, 2009 sucked profoundly — bad economy, bickering health-scare debate, the Yankees winning the World Series again. But at the movies, things were much better. In some years, the last couple of films on my top 10 list just fill out space; in 2009, I agonized over terrific films that didn't quite make the cut. If you're looking for entertainment or dramatic tension over the next few months, your Netflix queue could be an embarrassment of riches. by Scott Renshaw 12/30/2009

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