The Magnificent Ambersons
First screened in May 2000 / Most recently screened in August 2007
Director: Orson Welles. Cast: Tim Holt, Joseph Cotten, Dolores Costello, Agnes Moorehead, Ray Collins, Anne Baxter, Richard Bennett, Erskine Sanford, Don Dillaway, Mel Ford, Jack Baxley, Olive Ball, Anne O'Neal, Charles R. Phipps, Drew Roddy, Dorothy Vaughan. Screenplay: Orson Welles (based on the novel by Booth Tarkington).

Twitter Capsule: Crazy to pretend it's not marred by studio surgeries. Even crazier that it's so commanding despite them.

VOR:   Auto and buggy, antique and novelty, scalpel and textile: Ambersons is multi-faceted, even multi-epoched in ways that are hard to imitate or verbalize. Singular. Uncanny, even.

Photo © 1942 RKO Radio Pictures/Mercury Productions

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: A

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Picture
Best Supporting Actress: Agnes Moorehead
Best Cinematography (Black & White): Stanley Cortez
Best Art Direction: Albert S. D'Agostino; A. Roland Fields and Darrell Silvera

Other Awards:
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Actress (Moorehead)

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