Actors: Joseph Cotten, Anne Baxter, Tim Holt, Agnes Moorehead, Dolores Costello, Ray Collins
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about The Magnificent Ambersons|
|Based on Booth Tarkington novel, THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS has been written and directed by Orson Welles in 1942.
Indianapolis, at the end of the XIXth century. The Ambersons are a wealthy very upper-class family. The only son of Isabel Amberson is handsome and spoiled. When Joseph Cotten, once Isabel's lover, comes back to town after a 20 years break, he's a widower and successful automobile maker, father of a beautiful young girl, Lucy. The young George Amberson falls in love with Lucy who would like him to choose a job before thinking of marriage. Meanwhile, Isabel's husband dies and Joseph Cotten, who had never forgotten her, begins his courtship. George doesn't accept that his mother socializes with Cotten anymore and organizes a trip around the world for his mother and himself. A few months later, George must come back with his dying mother who passes away before having seen again Cotten. The economical situation has also changed and the Ambersons are ruined while Joseph Cotten has become even richer. George must work for the first time in his life.
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Time/era of movie:
- 19th century
Kind of romance:
- matchbreaker interference
Special relationship with
- "the rich"
Strong "rags to riches" component?
- story of "the rich"
Story of city/rural life?
- Big City
Culture of surrounding area:
- American urban
- American Midwest
- simply wealthy
How sensitive is this character?
- hard edged
Sense of humor?
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
Secondary Main Character
- (man) short/standard straight
- (man) average build
How much in movie?
- White (American)
- general circumstances
- fancy mansion
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
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