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Orson Welles’ The Magnificent Ambersons

Director: Orson Welles, Fred Fleck (uncredited), Robert Wise (uncredited)

1942, USA, 88 mins., Digital Cinema, NR

Language: English

Orson Welles’s beautiful, nostalgia-suffused follow up to the Best movie of all time (Citizen Kane) chronicles the inexorable decline of the fortunes of an affluent family.

Though RKO in-famously excised over forty minutes of footage, now lost to history, and added an incongruously upbeat ending, The Magnificent Ambersons is an emotionally rich family saga and a masterful elegy for a bygone chapter of American life.

The film has been cited as major influence on Wes Anderson, most clearly with The Royal Tenenbaums.

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