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Looked a lot better now - August 2008


(Update 8-3-08) Took another look today, much better this time around. Part of the problem is that us old timers still want to hold on to the myth that Orson Welles's version was a masterpiece...which in reality it wasn't. One thing you do notice is what a dry, quaint tale it really is. More of a "little old lady story" of wayward youth and ultimate redemption, mixed with the changing times of 100 years ago. Very good this time around...enjoyed it a lot...good production values and acting. Hate to say this...but better overall than Welles's version...(except for that wonderful missing prologue)...!

RSGRE

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Thanks for your comments, let's hope the rumor that the original copy sent to Brazil has been found is true, and we will all be able to judge ourselves. The term "masterpiece" is obviously subject to individual interpretation (and our opinions are subject to change with time as well).

RSGRE

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Just bought a DVD copy quite by accident, and took another look. Looked very good this time, I was too critical before. Jonathan Rhys Meyers does a great job at portraying George Minafer Amberson as the pompous spoiled ass that he is. You want to just grab him by the throat and shake him up ! He is such a jerk !
This film also demonstrates what the problem was all along...with or without Orson Welles. A somewhat dreary and downbeat story, with unlikeable characters, who are slowly insuring their own downfall by making one stupid mistake after another. Welles interpretation just added to the dreariness...this one is better, in my humble opinion.
I can just picture the 1942 preview audience watching the slow gradual descent of the family with disgust, plus George & Fannie's emotional outbursts are just pure humor, no wonder they were laughing ! Not a pleasant film at all...!!

RSGRE

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