The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
Tongue-in-cheekily mocking the mores and habits of bygone days in sweeping, proto-Altmanesque manner. Moving elegantly from lighthearted silent movie paraphrase – old stars included – to angst-ridden, slightly oedipal elegy of time and love.
Obviously hurt – some say completely ruined – by the extensive reworkings forced upon it by unfortunate circumstances. The remains are still magnificent enough for my book, though.