A nameless young character goes into travels to the country, meeting some acquaintances and strangers as well, having banal conversations, dedicating his existence into daily mundane ... See full summary »
In November 1937, high school student and aspiring thespian Richard Samuels takes a day trip into New York City. There, he meets and begins a casual friendship with Gretta Adler, their friendship based on a shared love and goal of a profession in the creative arts. But also on this trip, Richard stumbles across the Mercury Theatre and meets Orson Welles, who, based on an impromptu audition, offers Richard an acting job as Lucius in his modern retelling of Julius Caesar, which includes such stalwart Mercury Theatre players as Joseph Cotten and George Coulouris. Despite others with official roles as producer John Houseman, this production belongs to Welles, the unofficial/official dictator. In other words, whatever Welles wants, the cast and crew better deliver. These requests include everything, even those of a sexual nature. Welles does not believe in conventions and will do whatever he wants, which includes not having a fixed opening date, although the unofficial opening date is in ... Written by
Zoe Kazan plays Gretta Adler in this film, and the year after she played a character named Gabby Adler in It's Complicated (2009) See more »
A common mistake in movies and TV, fire sprinklers are activated individually - a match held to one would only cause that particular sprinkler head to open, and not all of the sprinklers as shown in the movie. See more »
By the year of 1592, Shakespeare was already an actor, and a playwright. Records of how his stage career began have not survived. We do know that in 1594 he joined a theater troupe. Called... anyone remember? Not everyone at once now. The Lord Chamberlain's Men.
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Gilson Lavis is listed as "Drumer" instead of "Drummer". See more »
Just when you thought Linklater's body of work couldn't get any more erratic...
Me and Orson Welles is a wonderful story of a young boy (Efron)whose
only acting experience is in high school musicals (ha! See what they
did there) who manages to get a small part in Orson Welles' (Adam
McKay) 1937 production of Julius Caesar. The film follows the volatile
relationship between Orson and his company. He is a madman, a selfish,
arrogant user and an absolute genius. He knows how the politics of
show-business and he knows people, and how to play them. However, for
all his antics, he is powerfully charismatic and it seems generally
accepted that he is a genius.
Christian McKay's performance here as Orson Welles is wonderfully broad
as he goes through every one of Orson Welles persona's with equal
relish. He is snappy and arrogant but at the same time warm enough to
earn some affection so when he lets a character down, you feel just as
played yourself. The rest of the cast were great too. Zac Efron does
his best here to leap from Disney heartthrob to leading man, and I
personally thought he was solid and likable, with just enough of a
sparkle in his eye and just enough skill to keep it there.
Overall this film has a charming story, which ends on such a high note
I didn't know whether to smile or cry. It also boasts a very strong
cast and most importantly a sweet disposition that stayed with me for a
good half hour after the credits rolled.
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