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The subtitle of this documentary — The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles — says it all. Nearly 100 years on, we need to examine the truly head-scratching enigma that was Welles, a certifiable movie star of the first order, a director, and ahead of his time as an independent filmmaker. What couldn’t Welles do? The man was a gifted musician and stage director who deftly transitioned to radio work and charmed the pants off some of the most stunning actresses of his day. And then, there’s Citizen Kane, which he gave to the world at 25 years old. Revel once again in the greatest hits and discover a few secrets that defined a man who, if no one else in his field, earned the label “genius.” (Opens Friday at Esquire Theatre) (PG-13) Not screened in time for review

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