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Citizen Kane (1941) Movie Information

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Orson Welles


Orson Welles
Joseph Cotten
Dorothy Comingore
Everett Sloane





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A news conglomerate leader dies, leaving behind a mystery about his life, and how he became the man he was. News reporters interview his acquaintances to find some kind of resolution.

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mitchellyoung 02/23/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Citizen Kane has varying positions on people's "best of" lists, but what is undeniable is that it's an impressive achievement in filmmaking. Orson Welles creates a thinly-veiled caricature of William Randolph Hearst as an imposing figure, but also follows an intriguing backstory of the newspaper giant's rise. The film, on a visual scale, is full of impressive exhibitions of depth and lighting/shadow, but Welles' performance, through and through, is the main attraction.

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Addeh 06/15/2012 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

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A great classic. Orson Welles rose from zero to hero. Truly a Cinematic masterpiece.

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Alaine 12/15/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Do I dare say this one always leaves me cold? OK, good film-making, good acting, good attack on a despicable newspaper owner. I'm not trying to be contrary, it's a good movie and all that, but I really don't want to see it again.

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01/22/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

We never lost as much as we made.

The structure of “Citizen Kane” is circular, adding more depth every time it passes over the life. The movie opens with newsreel obituary footage that briefs us on the life and times of Charles Foster Kane; this footage, with its portentous narration, is Welles' bemused nod in the direction of the “March of Time” newsreels then being produced by another media mogul, Henry Luce. They provide a map of Kane's trajectory, and it will keep us oriented as the screenplay skips around in time, piecing together the memories of those who knew him.

Curious about Kane's dying word, “rosebud,” the newsreel editor assigns Thompson, a reporter, to find out what it meant. Thompson triggers every flashback, yet his face is never seen. He questions Kane's alcoholic mistress, his ailing old friend, his r...

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04/08/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

there is a reason it is called one of the greatest

This is the movie that formed the modern day Oscar-bait. I mean that in that every other movie you see trying to get a best picture nomination is taking chunks from Citizen Kane. And for good reason, this movie is considered to be one of the greatest if not the greatest movie ever made, the academy probably agrees with that statement.

I personally totally get its “greatest movie of all time” status, because it’s super-awesome. The cinematography, the acting and especially the script are just amazing.
There really wasn’t a movie like this before Citizen Kane. Now-a-day’s we get a character study told in retrospective every other year (examples being The Iron Lad, J. Edgar and Slumdog Millionaire,) and even after all this time Kane is unrivaled.

There’s not even that much I can...

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02/23/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Citizen Kane" by Yojimbo

A reporter researching the final words of newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane interviews those closest to him to try and gain some insight into the man for his obituary piece. Citizen Kane is a masterpiece. The very fact that it was Welles' debut makes it all the more so, and I can only assume that his inexperience meant that he didn't realise that this film could not be done. So he just went and did it. It's the first true marriage of art and mainstream cinema, and so many of the techniques used here had never even been dreamed of in populist movie making before; the expressionistic use of lighting, naturalistic dialogue in which characters are constantly interrupting and talking over one another, the use of a variety of lenses and composite shots to achieve the perfect composition and...

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