Minority Opinion: The Magnificent Ambersons, Part 6 — 9 Comments

  1. It has to be said: Nobody alive (and blogging) has seen the 132 min. cut of The Magnificent Ambersons film. Mr. Wise who did see it in 1942 is quoted as saying it was a better picture than his final 88 min. edit. Mr. Welles would agree with Mr. Wise on this, and add that it's indeed Chekov! Mr. Callow would agree with all of the above and I surely would agree with Mr. Callow! My point is Mr. Lane is entitled to his Minority Opinion, but it's not of much value because he has not seen Mr. Welles final picture, with his final edits, and final music and other post-production values included. Even if the Rio answer print was found, and in useable condition, it will never have the final and complete Orson Welles artistry attached to it. It seems Welles' own failings harmed his movie career more than any other person or group. He was self-destructive, but only partialy. Like an explosive volcano creating some really beautiful stones while doing much damage to himself.

  2. Page, I'll be interested to see what Kim does with Ambersons for your Horseathon — the family's trusty Pendennis was certainly a minor character, but the transition from horses to automobiles was definitely a major theme!

  3. Jim,
    I was thrilled with TCM aired TMA recently and I've now got it sitting on my DVR. Was waiting until I read your last of your series and went back through and read from the beginning. (I took notes! Ha HA)

    Looking forward to watching it again this weekend with fresh new eyes.

    Thanks for entertaining us with your very in depth series. I do hope you'll choose another of Orson's films to look at.


    Oh and Kim chose TMA for my Horseathon! Hmmm, I wonder where she got the inspiration? : )

  4. Kim, thanks for sticking with it to the end; I realized early on that I'd be flying in the face of 70 years of conventional wisdom, so I'd better line my duckies up good and proper. I think you hit the nail pretty much on the head about Welles; certainly he wasn't always the talk-show charmer we later knew from Dick Cavett and Johnny Carson. (Have you seen Christian McKay in Me & Orson Welles? An amazing performance that really captures what he must have been like young and full of piss and vinegar; don't know how it missed an Oscar nomination.)

    William, I think you're new here, so welcome; hope you'll return often! And thanks for the kind words; it has been a long strange trip, hasn't it?

  5. What a wonderful coda to a "Magnificent" series! Thank you so much for taking us on this trip…every chapter was highly anticipated by us, and the conclusion did not leave us wanting. While Welles' considerable talents cannot be denied, this was one occasion when he merited his "comeuppance". Can't wait to see what you have next for us! Thanks again!

  6. And so it ends. So much work went into this, Jim, you should be proud. Orson Welles may have been a true artist, but he was also a jackass!