My Old Addiction

The Magnificent Ambersons


(out of 5)

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  as a spinster aunt. Wonderful.

USA, 1942

Directed by

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

Academy Award Nominations
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Agnes Moorehead as “Fanny Minafer”)
Best Art Direction (Black-and-White) (art direction: Albert S. D’Agostino; interior decoration: Darrell Silvera, Al Fields)
Best Cinematography (Black-and-White) (Stanley Cortez)
Outstanding Motion Picture (Mercury)


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