The Magnificent Ambersons

Director: Orson Welles
Screenwriters: Booth Tarkington , Orson Welles

Institute History

  • 1986 Sundance Film Festival


Welles’s second film, as baroque as Citizen Kane, but less boastful, charts the gradual decline of a wealthy American family in the face of a changing economy at the beginning of the 20th century. It remains a fascinating period drama, a treat for the eyes (despite weak concluding scenes due to studio interference). Tim Holt stars as the youngest male of this stately family who finally gets his “comeuppance.” “If Flaubert re-read Don Quixote each year, why can’t we see The Magnificent Anbersons whenever possible?”

— Francois Truffaut

Screening Details

  • Section: Orson Welles Remembered, Chimes at Night
  • Film Type: Dramatic Feature
  • Country: U.S.A.
  • Run Time: 88 min.
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