Classic Cinema Capsules: “The Magnificent Ambersons” (1942)

Modernity is the worst, and so is spoiled little George Amberson Minafer. Orson Welles pulls off the impossible twice: first, he follows up “Citizen Kane” with no signs of a sophomore slump. Secondly, he makes us wish for Georgie’s comeuppance and then makes us feel terrible about it when it finally comes. A tragedy rooted in manners and possessive love, it’s depressing as hell yet incredibly watchable. Agnes Moorehead’s Fanny is deliciously over-the-top. Truly a classic, regardless of whatever studio shenanigans occurred.

 

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