December 4, 2013

Episode 143: The Magnificent Ambersons

Special Guests: William Friedkin, Joseph McBride, Christopher Welles Feder, Peter Bogdanovich, Jonathan Rosenbaum

An episode two years in the making...

Orson Welles's follow-up to Citizen Kane adapted Booth Tarkington's Pulitzer prize-winning novel about industrial progress and the loss of innocence set against a tumultuous family, the Ambersons.

Welles infamously lost control of The Magnificent Ambersons before its final release. We'll examine its production, its destruction, and attempts to restore what many consider Welles's forgotten masterpiece.

We're joined by guest co-host Roger L. Ryan.

And...there's a special appearance by Mondo Justin!

Buy The Magnificent Ambersons on Blu-Ray
Visit a comprehensive Magnificent Ambersons website
Read Mike Thomas's The Decline & Fall of The Magnificent Ambersons
Read David Kamp's Magnificent Obsession
Buy Jonathan Rosenbaum's Discovering Orson Welles
Visit the Jonathan Rosenbaum website
Buy Joseph McBride's Whatever Happened to Orson Welles?
Buy Joseph McBride's Orson Welles
Visit the Joseph McBride website
Buy Peter Bogdanovich's This is Orson Welles
Buy Robert L. Carringer's The Magnificent Ambersons: A Reconstruction
Buy Chris Welles Feder's In My Father's Shadow: A Daughter Remembers Orson Welles
Read ‘The Magnificent Ambersons’: The Fascinating Story of Orson Welles’ Studio-Tainted Masterpiece at Cinephilia and Beyond
Download The Magnificent Ambersons audio book
Learn more about the fan edit Orson Welles & I
Visit the WelleNet website
Visit Mondo Justin's Mondo Film Podcast
Special thanks to Peggy Daub of the Special Collections Library at the University of Michigan

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The Union Forever - The White Stripes (Redd Blood Cells mix)

Hollywood the Golden Years: The RKO Story
BBC Four - Arena, The Orson Welles Story
This is Orson Welles

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  1. I'm quite a ways into this epic episode and it's, well, Magnificent! I only hope we find out how we can see this Ryan reconstruction edit of this wonderful film. Thanks for all the hard work - your enthusiasm and professionalism make your podcast a true gem...cheers!

  2. Another excellent job of cultural archeology... intrigued about the Ryan reconstruction and while looking around, found these on YouTube - a bunch of film students reenacted those missing sections as a thesis project

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