Film Society Selection
Second of two shows this month
'THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS'
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Tickets: Mon-Thur evenings & all matinees £9.10, Conc £8.10, Members £7.50
Fri-Sun evenings £9.10, Members £7.50
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FILM DESERVEDLY RECEIVED 3 WINS AND 4 NOMINATIONS
Orson Welles, US, 1942, 86 minutes
Cast: Joseph Cotten, Dolores Costello, Tim Holt
The spoiled young heir to the decaying Amberson fortune comes between his widowed
mother and the man she has always loved. Still a masterpiece from wryly
comic opening to studio-forced ending, this remains Welles most
moving film with immaculate period reconstruction and virtuoso acting shot in long, elegant takes.
In Orson Welles' all-time classic "The Magnificent Ambersons" -- adapted from Booth Tarkington's Pulitzer Prize-winner and repeatedly voted one of the century's best films -- we see a world of vanished elegance: of sleigh rides and serenades, houses with vast porches, great staircases and breathtaking balls. It is the Ambersons' world: the late autumn of a grand family of early 1900s Midwestern gentry.
It's a milieu that will shrivel and die, as the last of the clan -- killingly proud Georgie Amberson Minafer (Tim Holt) -- connives with his hysterical Aunt Fanny (Agnes Moorehead) to shield his mother, Isabel (Dolores Costello), from her one great love, car manufacturer Eugene Morgan (Joseph Cotten).
In the process, he scandalizes a town, damages two families -- and has his "comeuppance."
Mutilated by RKO while Welles was in Brazil, with several scenes re-shot by editor Robert Wise, it's still an American film masterpiece: witty, sad, virtuosic, a magnificent and heartbreaking elegy to the beauties and tragedies of a dying era and a family very like Welles' -- with a driven, reckless central character much like young Orson himself.
Beautifully scored by Bernard Hermann and strikingly photographed by Stanley Cortez, this was the last great Mercury production written, directed and narrated by your obedient servant, Orson Welles.
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune Movie Critic