The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) was the first film directed by Orson Welles after Citizen Kane.  However, unlike Kane, Ambersons was cut and revised by the studio.  It is still a great film.  It is the second best Welles film after Kane.  I would place Touch of Evil third and The Lady from Shanghai fourth.

Here’s the trailer for The Magnificent Ambersons.  Several scenes from the film are on YouTube and it is available on DVD.  I suggested on a Facebook forum that Criterion should issue a Blu-ray version and someone wrote back that they are working on it.

The great funhouse mirror scene from Shanghai is here.  It won’t make a lot of sense without the rest of the film but the effects of the mirrors are fun to watch.

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