Double Feature: CITIZEN KANE, 1941, Warner Bros., 119 min. Orson Welles was only 25 when he directed this masterpiece, and it remains one of the most phenomenal motion pictures ever made, the story of fictional news mogul Charles Foster Kane. Trailblazing in so many aspects, from Gregg Toland’s complex camera and lighting to Bernard Herrmann’s score to one of the finest ensemble casts (including Welles, Joseph Cotten, Everett Sloane and Agnes Moorehead) ever assembled.
THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, 1942, Warner Bros., 88 min. Director Orson Welles’ poetic, tragic adaptation of the Booth Tarkington novel, centering on the fall of one wealthy family, with Stanley Cortez’s dynamic camerawork providing a panorama of turn-of-the-century America and the decay of the old aristocracy. Infamously re-edited without Welles’ involvement, AMBERSONS, even in its abbreviated form, is still an overwhelmingly rich masterpiece. With Joseph Cotten, Tim Holt, Anne Baxter.