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Directed by Orson Welles

United States 1942 88 mins.

Following the success of Citizen Kane, Welles embarked upon one of the most famously disastrous productions of the 1940s. The Magnificent Ambersons tells the story of a wealthy family unable to adapt to the changing times in the years following the Industrial Revolution. Despite the fact that he lost control of the editing of the film (which had a full hour of footage cut by the studio) when he left to shoot his ill-fated Latin American film It’s All True, The Magnificent Ambersons—narrated by Welles and starring regular collaborators Joseph Cotten and Agnes Moorehead—remains one of the classics of the Hollywood studio era and one of Welles’ greatest creations, featuring his trademark deep focus shooting and bravura ensemble direction.

Genres: Drama

Appears in: Orson Welles at 100