I don't want to fan the fires AGAIN, but I saw The Magnificent Ambersons and didn't know that the ending was tacked on by the studio, and actually LIKED it. It was obvious that Anne Baxter was really in love with him (remember when she passed out in the soda shop? One of my favorite scenes of all time and she was brilliant, just watch her face) but being the super-observant/intelligent/whatever person she was knew she couldn't be with him because he was such a prick. And when he was finally broken-down, THEN it was possible. I took it to mean redemption and finding your true path was possible for ANYONE, not it being just a happy studio ending. THEN I find out everyone else thinks it's crap, and Welles had nothing to do with it! Is there a book or DVD of The Magnificent Ambersons out that explains the whole evolution and bastardization of the film? Or maybe I should go back and read Booth Tarkington's novel.
And what about the A and E re-make that was supposedly faithful to Welles' vision? (I missed it, though it is out on video). Is it worth checking out?
I love this movie. I was a shocked to read everyone hated what I loved, but am keeping an open mind, and really want to know how Welles WANTED it to end, and what's up with the rest.