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Citizen Kane (1941) Movie Information

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62

Avg. Rating:

3.27/4

# of Ratings:

671

Genres:

Drama, Mystery

Rating:

PG

Language:

English

Theater Date:

05/01/1941

Director:

Orson Welles

Actors:

Orson Welles
Joseph Cotten
Dorothy Comingore
Everett Sloane

 

 

 

 

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Plot Outline:

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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Jmr71 08/19/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
4/4 

This was the greatest cinematographic production of it's time. Apparently person well had 6' of concrete dug out for a 10 second shot, because that was the angle he wanted for the shot. This is a classic and stands alone as one of the best films regardless of genre.

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Indyfreak 07/26/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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2/4 

Just a reminder. Always save your reviews before you leave a page. I'll give the short version of my actual review: This is the best (made) movie ever and there's a difference between that and best movie ever. It's not that dam good for God's sake.

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Matthew Brady 04/29/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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4/4 

"Rosebud". This masterpiece is about 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. This movie is a master class film with jaw drooping scenes like the opening scene when Mr. Kane is in bed holding a snow globe he his hand and then before he died he whisper the words "Rosebud" and dies, and that's just the opening to the movie. The directing is fantastic but the actors in the film was the best part of this cult classic.

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  Josh
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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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  Looneymanthegreat
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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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  Yojimbo
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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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4/4 

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