Synopses & Reviews
Orson Welles considered The Magnificent Ambersons
the crucial turning point in his career. He said, "They
destroyed me." In 1942, while Welles was away, RKO Studios drastically recut the completed film. None of that deleted footage is known to survive.
Now film scholar Robert Carringer has reconstructed Welles's own version of Ambersons, using all available surviving evidence including rare studio documents and the recollections of Welles himself and other original participants in the film.
Carringer reaches startling conclusions about where the responsibility for the film's undoing ultimately lies. His spellbindingand no doubt controversialbook will be eagerly welcomed by film historians and enthusiasts.
"An indispensable reference work. . . . Anyone with a serious interest in movies will want to have it."James Naremore, author of Acting in the Cinema
About the Author
Robert L. Carringer is Professor of English and Film at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and author of The Making of Citizen Kane (California, 1985).