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ME AND ORSON WELLES

by Richard Linklater

synopsis

It is November, 1937, and teenager Richard Samuels dreams of making it on Broadway. One day he runs into Welles, years before Citizen Kane but already a famous New York dramatist. With his new Mercury Theatre troupe as his instrument, Welles plans to mount a production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar that will shake the foundations of American stagecraft. But he needs a bit player. Young Richard impresses him with his bravado and his singing voice – he's hired. Like a moth to a flame, Richard seeks the approval of the quick-tempered director, but soon finds himself distracted by Welles's girl Friday, Sonja.

international title: Me and Orson Welles
original title: Me and Orson Welles
country: United Kingdom
sales agent: Odyssey Entertainment
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: Richard Linklater
screenplay: Holly Gent Palmo, Vince Palmo
cast: Ben Chaplin, Claire Danes, Zac Efron, Zoe Kazan, Christian McKay
cinematography by: Richard Pope
film editing: Sandra Adair
art director: Laurence Dorman
producer: Richard Linklater, Ann Carli, Marc Samuelson
production: CinemaNX, Detour Filmproduction Inc.

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