Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.
USA, 1942. Mercury Productions. Screenplay by Orson Welles, based on the novel by Booth Tarkington. Cinematography by Stanley Cortez. Produced by Orson Welles. Music by Bernard Herrmann. Production Design by Albert S. D’Agostino. Costume Design by Edward Stevenson. Film Editing by Robert Wise. Academy Awards 1942.
Despite the studio’s merciless cuts and reshoots, Orson Welles’ classic period film just can’t be beaten down; even with an unsatisfying ending it is still an undeniably powerful film that you will never forget. It tells the many tales involved in a powerful upper class New England family and their soap-operatic lives, centered around the spoiled son (Tim Holt) and highlighted by the brilliant performance by Agnes Moorehead as a spinster aunt. Wonderful.