89 Days of Oscar Nominees – #1 – The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)


In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 89 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 1 Dec 2016 and The 89th Annual Oscars on 26 Feb 2017.

Here is my first review of the 89 chosen Films…

ambersons1“at twenty-one or twenty-two so many things appear solid and permanent and terrible which forty sees are nothing but disappearing miasma. Forty can’t tell twenty about this; that’s the pity of it! Twenty can find out only by getting to be forty.” – Eugene Morgan

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Dec 2016)

Brief Synopsis – A look at new and old mobey families during the turn of the 20th century and how they are able to adapt to the changing society and technology.

My Take on it – This was Orson Welles’ followup to his masterpiece Citizen Kane (1941) and its easy to see his continued use of his master technical skills but the story just isn’t as good as the previous film.

Despite that, this film gives us so much to think about with regard to how technology and other changes in society can effect so many things that people take for granted in a normal life.

Welles knew how to choose a great cast and the actors chosen here do an excellent job of understanding the changes that the characters go through during this film.

It’s actually quite amazing to see how much of this film’s message is still relevant in our rapidly evolving society today more than a century after this story was written.

This film is always a hot topic to discuss mainly due to the big controversies between Welles and the studio which led to them trimming nearly an hour from his film.

It’s too bad that the cut footage was destroyed because I for one would be interested in seeing the full cut.

Bottom Line – Welles’ followup to Citizen Kane (1941) isn’t as good story wise but it still gives us so much to think about. Great cast helps us understand the societal changes enacted and the effects on their lives. Story has so much insight into how technology can effect society. This story that was written a century ago still has many relevances in modern society. The massive controversies between Welles and the studio make this film a hot topic.  I’d love to have been able to see the full uncut version that the studio destroyed. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In the newspaper reporting the auto accident that injured George Amberson Minafer, the left-hand column is “Stage Views” featuring the picture and byline of “Jed Leland”, the theater critic in Citizen Kane (1941), also directed by Orson Welles. Leland was played by Joseph Cotten, who plays Eugene Morgan in this movie. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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