This is my first post here as a new member. I'm glad to join Welles's real fans. I discovered this site one year ago and would like to thank you all for your participation, to share your knowledges and erudition about the "magic world" of Orson!
This message board is a gold mine of information for a beginner like me. I read a lot of topics here with a big pleasure and apologize if I ask questions which has been already asked here before. Please excuse my bad english too. I'm french and do my best to improve it.
I guess very few people had the luck to see the original edit from The Magnificent Ambersons in 1941! I'd like to know where I could read reports from film critics, actors, directors... About it. My question could seem stupid, but I wander which sequences people liked the most and thought they were the best from the movie. Of course the ENTIRE film form a coherent unit about the march of time and should be appreciated as a whole. And which passages would you like to see first if you could? (I know, I dream...)
In a book (Sorry, I forgot the title), I read an account by Bernard Herrmann about the original ending. Do you think he misremembered when he said :
After the car accident and George's injury, the picture then goes to what we don't realize until the end has been once the home of the Ambersons. It is now a home for aged gentlefolk." (...) (Fanny) takes Eugene to the door and opens it, and that's when you realize this has been the Ambersons house."
This ending seems coherent, but it seems to me this doesn't appears clearly in the continuity script. Maybe I misunderstood?
« Welles raises Kane » contains two beautiful extracts from Magnificent Ambersons directed by Herrmann. It’s beautiful, so I wonder if another soundtracks from the movie survived in a version recorded and orchestrated by Herrmann himself, but I don't think so, sadly.
Finally, I resarch stills from the fun house sequence in Lady from Shangaï. I already found some in the excellent book written by Peter Bogdanovich "This is Orson Welles". Do you know other books which show other stills from this sequence?
I thank you all in advance for your answers and your kind attention,