The Magnificent Ambersons
Orson Welles’ elegiac masterpiece charts the decline of a Midwestern dynasty with wit, wisdom and cinematic brilliance.
Dir Orson Welles
With Joseph Cotten, Dolores Costello, Agnes Moorehead, Tim Holt
Though mutilated by RKO, Welles’ faithful but supremely imaginative adaptation of Booth Tarkington’s marvellous novel remains a masterpiece, chronicling the gradual decline of a wealthy and once powerful Midwestern dynasty with wry wit, sobering wisdom and unsentimental compassion. From the gently teasing opening to the lacerating late, single-take scene in an unheated kitchen, the film is packed with unforgettably brilliant moments.