REEL 13
Classics

The Magnificent Ambersons

Air Date: Saturday August 29, 2009 at 9pm on THIRTEEN

The Magnificent Ambersons, Orson Welles’s well-funded, studio-controlled follow-up to Citizen Kane, focuses on a family of upper-class Midwesterners who are unable to keep up with the pace of change in the years before the turn of the twentieth century. In a misguided attempt to protect the Amberson family’s honor, the patriarch’s arrogant and spoiled grandson, George, forces his mother to end her relationship with a wealthy inventor who is working on developing the automobile. George’s actions indirectly seal the already troubled family’s fate, forcing his surviving relatives to provide for themselves in a world they no longer recognize.

–John Light

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