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The Magnificent Ambersons (BFI Modern Classics / BFI Film Classics)
by V.F. Perkins
This work presents the author's own insight to Orson Welles's film "The Magnificent Ambersons". Second only to "Citizen Kane" in work, this film can never be seen as he intended it after being heavily cut by RKO. However, it remains a remarkable picture of dynastic ruin and social change.
Paperback, 77 pages
Published November 26th 1999 by British Film Institute
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While the main character, Georgie, is a pain that you love to hate, the book is really a good read. It shows the rise and fall of an affluent family during the beginnings of the automobile. The writing is definitely Indiana in nature. (I read this as part of an Indiana writer's class.) However, if you are interested in literature that discusses the impact of technology on society, then this is a good read for you!
Victor Perkins co-founded the film department at the University of Warwick in 1978, where he acted as a full time lecturer/senior lecturer until 2004. Although since retired, he continues to teach occasional classes and conduct research.More about V.F. Perkins...