Minority Opinion: The Magnificent Ambersons, Part 2 — 4 Comments

  1. Thanks, CW and Kim, for your kind words — and your patience!

    Dorian: Oho, you want behind-the-scenes drama? Just wait till next time! Thanks for the link; I knew Ambersons was finally out on DVD, of course; I got it as a supplement to the deluxe Blu-ray of Citizen Kane. In fact, I originally planned this post to coincide with the release — and that was September 13! Honestly, I had no idea the can of worms I was opening; the back story of Ambersons is much more nuanced than the "mutilated masterpiece" legend, and frankly, I'm not sure how many more Parts it'll take me to get to the bottom of it — but by golly, I'm gonna try.

    Thanks for hanging in there, all of you!

  2. Jim, I was really drawn into Part 2 of your saga about the making of THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS! The drama behind the scenes is almost as compelling as the film itself. Boy, genius wunderkind types like Orson Welles certainly seem to balk at the easy way of doing things, even when the easy way seems to be the best option! 🙂 By the way, Kristina Dijan's excellent blog SPEAKEASY currently has an item about THE MAGNIFICENT ANDERSONS now being available on DVD! Here's the link, for more details:

    Looking forward to Part 3!