The Magnificent Ambersons 15

Saffron Screen Film Club. Join us on Twitter on Monday 1 June at 7pm to discuss Orson Welles’ brilliant follow-up to Citizen Kane. We look forward to ‘seeing’ you then! 👋🏽 Use the hashtag #SaffronScreenFilmClub to find the chat. Watch the film on BBC iplayer.

DIRECTOR Orson Welles
CAST Joseph Cotten, Dolores Costello, Anne Baxter, Tim Holt

Orson Welles’ brilliant second film is an elegy for the passing way of life of an upper-class family living in a small mid-western American town in the early 20th century. It is the story of the doomed love between Eugene and Isobel, the comeuppance of young George Amberson and, on a grander scale, the story of America’s progress into the 20th century as the new ‘horseless carriage’ takes over the country.
(1942 USA 88 mins)

[Despite a hacked edit by RKO,] Welles’ technical brilliance shines through, securing the film its classic status. Displaying the kind of virtuoso technique that would make him a legend, Welles brands both the story, the striking camerawork (the ballroom scene is a classic of cinematography) and the set design with his own inimitable style. Jamie Russell, BBC

New to the #SaffronScreenFilmClub? Here’s how it works: We announce the new film on Monday evening on Twitter and let you know where you can view it. That gives you a week to watch the film. Then on Monday from 7pm, join us on Twitter @saffronscreen and chat – to date we have discussed plotlines, characters, use of colour, and much more. Hope you can join us Monday 1st when we will be discussing this film, The Magnificent Ambersons.