The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

Directed By – Orson Welles

Screenplay By – Orson Welles

Cinematography By – Stanley Cortez

Starring – Joseph Cotten, Dolores Costello & Tim Holt

88 min.

Now this is an Orson Welles movie. The characters are grand and the images are grander. Unfortunately, The Magnificent Ambersons is a fraction of what Welles had envisioned, being cut and rearranged by Hollywood producers. However, what is still left is a great artifact of cinema history and shows what the young director was capable of.

Joseph Cotten is remarkable, giving an almost eerily prophetic speech about the creation of automobiles, and Tim Holt is perfect as the detestable George Amberson.

This is one which makes me love Welles and hate Hollywood. But don’t not watch this because of what it is not, watch it because of what it is, an extremely rich cinematic text.

God Bless America


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