New hunt for legendary missing Orson Welles reels

Paris (AFP) – A US documentary team are set to chase down the Holy Grail of Golden Era Hollywood: the missing reels of Orson Welles’s 1942 classic “The Magnificent Ambersons”.  Director Joshua Grossberg has been on the trail for 25 years and plans to travel this autumn to Brazil to look for the missing footage, with his hunt recorded for Turner Classic Movies (TCM).  Following disastrous test screenings, Welles was fired from “The Magnificent Ambersons” and the studio RKO cut 43 minutes from his version and reshot multiple scenes including the ending.  “The original, excised footage was melted…

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