Orson Welles’ The Magnificent Ambersons
Director: Orson Welles, Fred Fleck (uncredited), Robert Wise (uncredited)
1942, USA, 88 mins., Digital Cinema, NR
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.