Magnificent Ambersons

Director: Orson Welles
(1942/90 minutes)

Orson Welles’s beautiful, nostalgia-suffused second feature—the subject of one of cinema’s greatest missing-footage tragedies—harks back to turn-of-the-twentieth-century Indianapolis, chronicling the inexorable decline of the fortunes of an affluent family. Adapted from an acclaimed Booth Tarkington novel and featuring restlessly inventive camera work and powerful performances from a cast including Joseph Cotten, Tim Holt, and Agnes Moorehead, the film traces the rifts deepening within the Amberson clan—at the same time as the forces of progress begin to transform the city they once ruled.

*The exhibition J. Pierpont Morgan's Library: Building the Bookman's Paradise will be open at 5:00 PM for program attendees.

The event will take place in the Morgan's Gilder Lehrman Hall. By entering the museum, you agree to our updated Visitor Guidelines and Policies. Masks and proof of vaccination are required for attending all public programs.

Friday, July 15, 2022, 6 PM

Advance reservations for Morgan Members only. Tickets are available at the Tickets Desk on the day of the screening.

Please call (212) 685-0008 ext. 560 or e-mail for information.