Screen The Magnificent Ambersons At Library Theater

Posted By:  Liz Goodrich
Date Posted:  11/6/2005

Deschutes Public Library pleased to announce November’s Library Theater movie screening of the Orson Welles classic, The Magnificent Ambersons, on Tuesday, November 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the Library Admin Conference Room (507 NW Wall) in Bend. This program is free and open to the public.

Filmed in 1942, and nominated for four Academy Awards, the film features the dysfunctional Amberson family. The story traces the romantic notions of young, handsome, but somewhat wild Eugene Morgan as he pursues Isabel Amberson, the daughter of a rich upper-class family. Instead of following her heart, she bows to her family’s wishes and marries dull and steady Wilbur Minafer. After Wilbur dies, Eugene again asks Isabel to marry him, and she is receptive. But family members, including Isabel and Wilbur’s only son, George, and his whacko aunt Fanny manage to sabotage the romance.

Although it didn’t receive as much attention as his film, Citizen Kane, Welles’ tale of the dysfunctional Amberson’s is touted by movie buffs as being his best movie. Narrated by Welles the film stars Joseph Cotton, Delores Costello and Agnes Morehead.

Library Theater is a monthly program offered by the library that was conceived by local movie lover Kyle Kirkaldie. Each month Kirkaldie volunteers his time selecting and researching the film to be screened. “We want to offer films that everyone has always wanted to see but haven’t,” says Kirkaldie. “Movie lovers miss out on the classics because they are busy keeping up with the current.” He says that more often than not, movies that are considered classics show us how filmmaking has developed. “So many films that come out today are based on a great movies of the past and seeing the original gives you a better appreciation of film in general.”

For more information about this or other library programs, please call 312-1032.

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