Heads-up re: TCM, 4/24

The New Yorker’s Richard Brody already beat me to the punch, but I’ll say it anyway: Tonight at 9 TCM is showing Orson Welles’s second feature, “The Magnificent Ambersons” (1942), a film that’s notoriously unavailable on DVD here in the U.S. of A. This unavailability is, of course, an utter shame; as its title suggests, “Ambersons” is a magnificent achievement, one that boasts some of the most striking mise en scène and most awe-inspiring cinematography (courtesy of Stanley Cortez) in Welles’s singular oeuvre. While I haven’t seen the film since last summer, I recall thinking at the time that it features Joseph Cotten’s strongest, busiest performance. At a concise 88 minutes long, it also won’t interfere too severely with your Saturday night plans. It practically goes without seeing saying that this one is worth a watch, so tune in.

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