Jude Law meets Natalie Portman in Mike Nichols' searing drama. Just goes to show how much of the characters can be set up before a word is ever spoken.
THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS (1942)
Orson Welles' follow up to CITIZEN KANE (1941) is every bit as brilliant despite being cut by 40 minutes by RKO. The opening shows how much narration (brilliantly read by Welles) can set the mood & conjure a bygone era.