The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB

USA, 1942.  .  Screenplay by Orson Welles, based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Orson Welles.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

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 () and highlighted by the brilliant performance by Agnes Moorehead as a spinster aunt. Wonderful.

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Picture; Best Supporting Actress (Agnes Moorehead); Best Cinematography-BW; Best Art Direction-BW;

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