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July 20 2015 Drama Movies Newsletter

"His sense of being an artist as well as an entertainer was frequently tied to throwing monkey wrenches into our expectations - something that the best art and entertainment often do." -Film Critic Jonathan Rosenbaum on Orson Welles

Orson Welles was often forced to be an entertainer in order to finance his work as an artist. Having created a film that still tops critics' lists as one of the best American movies ever made ("Citizen Kane" 1941), Welles found himself shut out of the studio system and was forced to finance his own pictures. Unfortunately, this meant frequent appearances on Dean Martin's celebrity roasts and being the star of the infamous Paul Masson wine commercials.

Welles also cobbled together funds from foreign investors and this is one of the reasons why some of Welles's films are unavailable to the public even now, thirty years after his death. Various legal disputes over ownership have kept projects like "The Other Side of the Wind" from being released. Documentaries like Chuck Workman's "Magician" at least offer us a glimpse of Welles's unreleased work.

I recently reviewed "Love Is All You Need", a romantic drama/comedy starring Pierce Brosnan. Brosnan has a new film that is in a similar vein, although "Some Kind of Beautiful" will rely more heavily on the comedy elements than his previous film. Brosnan plays a college professor and his co-stars are Jessica Alba and Salma Hayek. The film will get a video on demand release on July 23rd, and a theatrical release on August 21st. The trailer has been posted online, so you can get a sneak peek. Note: the film was released in Britain under the title "How To Make Love To An Englishman".

Here's the latest article from the Drama Movies site at BellaOnline.com.

Magician Film Review
2015 is the one hundred year anniversary of Orson Welles's birth. Chuck Workman celebrates the achievements of one of America's most gifted filmmakers in the documentary "Magician: The Astonishing Life & Work of Orson Welles".


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