IV. THE MAGNIFICENT DOWNBEATS

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Screen #2

Screen #3

DISEMBODIED ORSON           “They destroyed Ambersons.It was too downbeat.

                                                (Derisive laughter.)

                                                So it was taken out.”

ORSON #1                               I intended… intended to portray a…

MUSES                                    Rosebud

ORSON #1                               A golden, a golden, golden world…

DISEMBODIED ORSON           “Downbeat. It was too downbeat.”

ORSON #1                               …almost of memory…

DISEMBODIED ORSON           “And the picture itself … destroyed me.

ORSON #1                               Of Memory…

DISEMBODIED ORSON           “They destroyed Ambersons … they destroyed me.”

ORSON #1                               …and to show what happens.

DISEMBODIED ORSON           “But it was the purposeof the movie.”

                                                (Derisive laughter.)

ORSON #3                               I thought I had a movie…

VARIOUS ORSONS                  “Downbeat / Taken out / It was the purpose of the movie” etc.

ORSON #3                               …a movie so good …

DISEMBODIED ORSON           “Destroyed me … it was the purpose!”

ORSON #3                               I was so sure of its value. So sure.

ORSON #1 & #2                       A golden world / A film so good

AMBERSONS V/O                    “Tomorrow all of this would be gone.”

ORSON #3                               I couldn’t go back to reshoot.

ORSON #1 & #2                       A golden world / A film so good

AMBERSONS V/O                    “Those that still lived … had forgotten all about him.”

ORSON #3                               All I could do was send cables.

DISEMBODIED ORSON           “The picture destroyed me.”

ORSON #1 & #2                       A golden world / A film so good

AMBERSONS V/O                    “Those that still lived … had forgotten all about him.”

ORSON #3                               Everybody they could find was cutting it.

ORSON #1 & #2                       A world / A film

ORSON #3                               “Death by a thousand cuts.”

DISEMBODIED ORSON           “Destroyedme.”

                                                (A fragment from Marc Blitzstein’s opera Reginacomes to mind.)

AMBERSONS V/O                    “They had forgotten all about him.”

ALL THREE ORSONS               Almost one of memory.

ORSON #3                               I was so sure of its value. So sure.

ORSON #1, #2, #3                So sure / A film / A world

DISEMBODIED ORSON       "It was too downbeat."