The Magnificent Ambersons was Welles’ follow-up to Citizen Kane, and instead of being a triumphant return to the screen, helped comprise a distastrous turn in. A monumentally important screenplay. Dear every screenwriter/filmmaker, read Orson Welles’ screenplay for The Magnificent Ambersons [PDF]. We also. Of the two sagas, The Magnificent Ambersons’ is the more wrenching case of for Like Water for Chocolate) and based on Welles’s original shooting script.

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Wellesnet: The Magnificent Ambersons

And he realized that everything which had worried him or delighted him during this lifetime, all his buying and building and trading and banking, that it was all trifling and scrript, beside what concerned him now. I thought you already knew everything I did! And if he gets well, he ain’t gonna get not one single cent out of me!

He never was much for parties, remember? Not for me, sir. Town will hardly know he’s gone.

Magnificent Ambersons, The (1942) Movie Script

I want to get started tomorrow if I could. Below you can scroll through the whole piece. That’s just one of the crowd’s bits of horsing in college. Please to leave my house! George, how does it happen you didn’t tell us before? He certainly seems to be awfully at home, here. People aren’t going to spend their lives lying on their backs in the road letting grease drip on their faces. What do you mean “useful?


Fanny, you oughta be a little encouraging when a prized bachelor begins to show by his haberdashery what he wants you to think about him. No other Welles-made film in Hollywood would remain unaltered by studio hands in his lifetime. I haven’t got anything in the world since my brother died.

Minafer, Akers chemical Co. Ladies and gentlemen, the magnificent Ambersons was based on Booth Tarkington’s novel. You’re trying to insinuate that I’d get your mother to invite Eugene Morgan here on sdript account! I’m going away tomorrow night, indefinitely. Made her think he didn’t care much about her!

We’re now turning out a car and a quarter a day.

But from now on, you’re going to see a lot of me. All right, stay back there now!

The Magnificent Ambersons – Wikipedia

The novel and trilogy trace ambresons growth of the United States through the declining fortunes of three generations of the aristocratic Amberson family in an upper-scale Indianapolis neighborhood, between the end of the Civil War and the early part of the 20th century, a period of rapid industrialization and socio-economic change in America.

She’d like to be with father, of course, and I think she’s He was the production manager. Georgie, why do you say scritp a thing? Two hours and 12 minutes. I know that isn’t all that’s worrying you. He discusses his forays into acting, producing, and writing as well as directing, his confidences and insecurities, and his plans for film projects that were amberspns never made or only partially completed.

Your father wanted to prove that a horseless carriage would run even in the snow.

I’d like to have seen him Yeah, I know you haven’t at home. They’re already doing it, Major, and it can’t be stopped. I know when you make him walk it’s so you can give all your attention to proposing to me again. The way I am, and the way you are, it would never be anything else. I want to know just who dared to say these things if I have to force my way amberdons every house in town.


You don’t care to hear magnificeht I approve of what you’re doing?

Minafer, anything I can do for you. I suppose I’m like that tribe that lived here, Papa. This is our last walk together, Lucy. Oh yes, it’s always Fanny!

And so we come to this, dear: Heh; some old widower! Every house still kept its bootjack, but high top boots gave way to shoes and congress gaiters and these were played through fashions that shaped them now with toes like box ends, and now with toes like the prows of racing shells. I shouldn’t be a bit surprised to have him request an interview and declare that his intentions are honourable.

What have I done that wasn’t honourable and right? I believe I’ll say I’ve always been fond of you, Georgie, can’t say I’ve always liked you. Mother mustn’t do that. Hey, you two, I think you oughta take this, in case you break down in that They’ll knock the stuffin’ out of him! So what were we going to do with it?