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Friday, August 4, 2023

Effort underway to restore 'The Magnificent Ambersons'

"The 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 ... Now a US film-maker has almost completed an ambitious project to recreate Welles’s original vision for the film, which starred Joseph Cotten, who also appeared in Citizen Kane and with whom Welles went on to make The Third Man in 1949."

More here, from the Guardian.

Hat tip, Jesse Walker. 

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