The Magnificent Ambersons Movie Review Summary

Actors: Joseph Cotten, Anne Baxter, Tim Holt, Agnes Moorehead, Dolores Costello, Ray Collins

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Based on Booth Tarkington novel, THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS has been written and directed by Orson Welles in 1942.
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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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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1600 to 1899 Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   matchbreaker interference Family, loving    -   Yes Special relationship with    -   mother Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   "the rich" Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   American urban    -   American Midwest Woman/class/friends story?    -   story of "the rich"

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   simply wealthy Age:    -   20's-30's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Is this movie based on a    -   book

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