Me and Orson Welles is a fictionalised account of Orson Welles’ production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in New York in 1937. Although based on actual events, the film links two separate stories – a love story involving fictional character Richard Samuels (Zac Efron) and the actual staging of the play. The character of Orson Welles spans both stories. How does the film link these two stories? How does it convey the emotions of the various characters and give us ideas about them? How are we, as members of the audience, drawn into the narratives?
Me And Orson Welles is set in the exciting world of the New York Theatre. Teenage student Richard Samuels (Zac Efron) lucks his way into a minor role in the legendary 1937 Mercury Theatre production of Julius Caesar, directed by a youthful Orson Welles (strikingly portrayed by newcomer Christian McKay.)
Over the course of a magical week, Richard makes his Broadway debut, finds romance with an ambitious older woman, and experiences the dark side of genius after daring to cross the imperious, brilliant Welles. Richard has to grow up FAST.
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