The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

Not Rated   |    |  Drama, Romance


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The spoiled young heir to the decaying Amberson fortune comes between his widowed mother and the man she has always loved.


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  • Dolores Costello and Tim Holt in The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
  • Ray Collins and Dolores Costello in The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
  • Orson Welles and Stanley Cortez in The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
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  • Orson Welles and Stanley Cortez in The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
  • Anne Baxter and Joseph Cotten in The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

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19 April 1999 | coop-16
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| What might have been...
The fate of this almost magnificent film must rank as one of the greatest tragedies in the history of the cinema. viewing it in its present state is like looking at the Venus Di Milo, or at a beautiful Greek vase that has been shattered. One can only admire the fragments...and what gorgeous fragments they are: Major Ambersons heartbreaking meditation by the fireplace,the quarrel between Eugene Morgan and Georgie about the Automobile, Isabel's death, Agnes Moorehead's magnificent performance, the splendor of the Amberson mansion, and the ballroom scene. Perhaps someday, some powerful computer might be able to reconstruct the missing footage from stills and from Welles script...perhaps. Until that almost impossible moment, one can only envy the handful of men and women who were able to see it whole, and to understand what they were seeing.

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