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The Magnificent Ambersons

In The Magnificent Ambersons, Orson Welles devotes 9,000 feet of film to a spoiled brat who grows up as a spoiled, spiteful young man. This film hasn't a single moment of contrast; it piles on and on a tale of woe, but without once striking at least a true chord of sentimentality. [Novel by Booth Tarkington.]

With:
Joseph Cotten Dolores Costello Anne Baxter Tim Holt Agnes Moorehead Ray Collins

In The Magnificent Ambersons, Orson Welles devotes 9,000 feet of film to a spoiled brat who grows up as a spoiled, spiteful young man. This film hasn’t a single moment of contrast; it piles on and on a tale of woe, but without once striking at least a true chord of sentimentality. [Novel by Booth Tarkington.]

The central character is Tim Holt, who is portrayed first as the spoiled, curly-haired darling of the town’s richest family, and then for the major portion as a conceited, power-conscious, insufferable youth.

Welles comes up with a few more tricks in the direction of the dialog. He plays heavily on the dramatic impact of a whisper, and on the threatened or actual hysterics of a frustrated woman as played by Agnes Moorehead.

1942: Nominations: Best Picture, Supp. Actress (Agnes Moorehead), B&W Cinematography, B&W Art Direction

The Magnificent Ambersons

Production: RKO/Mercury. Director Orson Welles; Producer Orson Welles; Screenplay Orson Welles; Camera Stanley Cortez; Editor Robert Wise, [Mark Robson]; Music [Bernard Herrmann, Roy Webb]; Art Director Mark-Lee Kirk

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1942. Running time: 88 MIN.

With: Joseph Cotten Dolores Costello Anne Baxter Tim Holt Agnes Moorehead Ray Collins

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