The Magnificent Ambersons

Hollywood: Mercury, 1942. Vintage borderless reference photograph from the 1942 film featuring Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead, Dolores Costello, Orson Welles, Cinematographer Stanley Cortez, Ray Collins, Anne Baxter, and Del Lawrence conferring during a lunch break. Mimeo snipe promoting Welle's Mecury Players, and "APR 13 1942" stamp on verso.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning 1918 novel by Booth Tarkington.

Welles' followup to "Citizen Kane" (1941) was utterly different from Kane in style and texture, but just as brilliant in its own way. Writer-director Welles does not appear on camera, but his voiceover narration superbly sets the stage for the movie's action, which fades in valentine fashion on Amberson Mansion, the most ostentatious dwelling in all of turn-of-century Indianapolis. Despite the legendarily unsolvable problem of film editor Robert Wise being instructed by the studio—outside Welles' knowledge—to edit away nearly an hour of the film's length, it remains a masterpiece of storytelling. Core Wellesian players Cotten, Anderson, and others bring Tarkington's Pulitzer winning novel to life in high style.

Nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Cinematography, and Best Supporting Actress. Selected for the National Film Registry in 1991.

Shot on location in San Bernardino and Los Angeles, California.

8 x 10 inches. Faint glue shadow from snipe, else Near Fine.

Complete collation details available on request.

Rosenbaum 1000. Godard, Histoire(s) du cinema. Scorcese, A Personal Journey Through American Movies.


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