Orson Welles classic film is remade in Ireland with the original script.
Colm Connolly visits Grangegorman, where the biggest set ever constructed for a film has been built for a remake of the 1942 film 'The Magnificent Ambersons'. According to producer John G. Phelan, each building on the set is based on period research on Indianapolis in the late 19th early 20th centuries, when the film is set. Actor Bruce Greenwood, who plays the part of entrepreneur Eugene Morgan, explains the background to the plot, which centres on the wealthy Amberson family.
When the automobile comes, it becomes a metaphor of change as well as a real physical element of change. And they don't see those elements coming together and it takes them by surprise. And then suddenly they're surrounded by commerce and industry and they can't compete because they're not of that world.
Other actors interviewed include Madeleine Stowe, who plays Isabel Amberson, and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, who plays her son, George Minafer.
An RTÉ News report from 2 November 2000.