The Magnificent Ambersons: rebirth for ruined Orson Welles masterpiece that rivalled Citizen Kane

The studio ‘butchered’ the legendary director’s 1942 film.

Now an ambitious project is under way to restore itThe idea of deleting scenes from a film by renowned actor-director Orson Welles would be sacrilege today.

But just after he made his masterpiece Citizen Kane for Rko in 1941, studio executives butchered his next great movie, The Magnificent Ambersons, burning extensive footage without consulting him.Welles was so devastated that he later lamented: “They destroyed Ambersons and it destroyed me.”…

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