Essential Cinema: Cinema 40

Cinema 40 Presents: THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS

Directed by Orson Wells

USA, 1942, 1h 28min, DCP

Essential Cinema  Cinema 40

There are no current or future screenings planned for this film.

Orson Welles’ name was little known by Austin film students in the 1960s until Peter Bogdanovich wrote about the director in Cahiers du Cinema. Cinema 40 organized a retrospective, and were surprised by this film, which is infamous for being taken away from Welles by RKO and re-edited, but maintains many of Welles’ brilliant ideas.

REVIEWS

“The film wasn’t completed in the form that Welles originally intended… but even in this truncated form it’s amazing and memorable.” – Pauline Kael, The New Yorker

“Although reams have been written about the mutilation of Orson Welles’ second feature, what remains of it is nevertheless a major accomplishment.” – Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

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