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Director: Orson Welles
Orson Welles’s beautiful, nostalgia-suffused second feature—the subject of one of cinema’s greatest missing-footage tragedies—harks back to turn-of-the-twentieth-century Indianapolis, chronicling the inexorable decline of the fortunes of an affluent family. Adapted from an acclaimed Booth Tarkington novel and featuring restlessly inventive camera work and powerful performances from a cast including Joseph Cotten, Tim Holt, and Agnes Moorehead, the film traces the rifts deepening within the Amberson clan—at the same time as the forces of progress begin to transform the city they once ruled.
*The exhibition J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library: Building the Bookman’s Paradise will be open at 5:00 PM for program attendees.
Image: scene from the 1942 film The Magnificent Ambersons, RKO Radio Pictures