The Magnificent Ambersons
DIRECTOR: ORSON WELLES
CAST: JOSEPH COTTEN, ANNE BAXTER, TIM HOLT, AGNES MOOREHEAD
The second film by Orson Welles will always be discussed in terms of what it’s missing (due to studio butchery), but what is here is both brilliant, poignant, and of remarkable depth and insight by the not-yet-thirty-years-old filmmaker. At the turn of the last century, a family of Midwestern aristocrats begin their decline as the automobile begins its rise, and the world as many knew it begins to disappear.