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"Citizen Kane" 1941 Movie

title card from trailer for "Citizen Kane" [1941]           

synopsis & history

the movie


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Generally considered 'The Best Film of All Time'

           Multimillionaire newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane dies and his last utterance is the single word 'rosebud'; a curious reporter attempts to unlock the riddle of its meaning by interviewing Kane's friends and business partners. Within that frame, the film reveals events in Kane's life through flashbacks, from the beginnings of his career in the publishing world – born of idealistic social service – but gradually evolving into a ruthless pursuit of power.

History of The Film
           The film premiered at the R.K.O. Palace Theatre in New York City on 1 May 1941, but was unsuccesful in its first run. Due to threats to industry members by [purported] subject Wm. Randolph Hearst [1863-1951], each mention of the film at the 1942 Academy Awards ceremony was roundly booed by the audience. Nonetheless, the film won an Oscar for Best Original Script, having been also nominated for eight other awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor [Welles], Best B&W Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Art Direction, Best Sound & Best Music Score.
           Release in Europe in 1946 brought much acclaim, followed by re-release in the U.S.A. in the 1950s; the film was restored by Turner Entertainment in 1991. "Citizen Kane" is number one on the Top 100 List of the American Film Institute, listed on the National Film Registry (1989), and listed on Time Magazine's All-TIME 100 Movies (5/2005)

"Citizen  Kane"  [Mercury/R.K.O. May 1941]

Produced, co-written & directed by Orson Welles [1915-85]; co-written by Herman J. Mankiewicz;
cinematography by Gregg Toland; music by Bernard Herrmann; co-starring Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore,
Agnes Moorehead, Ruth Warrick, Ray Collins, Erskine Sanford, Everett Sloane, William Alland, Thomas
Anderson, Paul Stewart & George Coulouris

film credits at Internet Movie Database
film entry at Wikipedia

Turner b&w DVD [9/2001] 2 disks for $9.99
Turner b&w VHS [8/96] out of prodn/many used
R.K.O. Radio Pictures b&w Collectors Edition VHS [8/91] out of prodn/used
Varese Sarabande soundtrack CD [11/99] for $17.98

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Citizen Kane critical text by Laura Mulvey  
"Citizen Kane" [1993]
critical text by Laura Mulvey

British Film Institute 7½x5½ pb [1/93] for $10.46
Citizen Kane screenplay   "Citizen Kane" screenplay [2002]
by Orson Welles & Herman J. Mankiewicz

includes the essay "Raising Kane" by Pauline Kael
Methuen Drama pb [5/2002] for $18.42

R.K.O. 281 video   "R.K.O. 281" tv movie [HBO/WGBH airdate Nov 1999]
The title is the production number for the filming of "Citizen Kane". After Wm. Randolph Hearst learned that Orson Welles was making a feature film that was a thinly-disguised and unflattering look at Hearst's life, the publishing tycoon and presidential hopeful used his power and influence to bury the picture. Directed by Benjamin Ross; starring Liev Schreiber {as Welles}, James Cromwell, Melanie Griffith, John Malkovich & Roy Scheider; nominated for 13 Emmy Awards, including Best TV Movie, Best Direction & Best Script, won 3 minor Emmies; won WGA Award for Best TV Script (tied)
H.B.O. Home Video color DVD [4/2000] for $12.99
H.B.O. Home Video color VHS [3/2001] out of prodn/used
full credits from IMDb

Battle Over Citizen Kane   American Experience "The Battle Over Citizen Kane"
[PBS/WGBH 2-hour tv documentary special Jan 1996]

Co-directed by Michael Epstein & Thomas Lennon; interviewees include William Alland, Peter Bogdanovich, Frank Mankiewicz, Thomas Anderson & Ruth Warrick; Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature
WGBH color DVD [11/2000] for $17.99
WGBH color VHS [9/2000] for $18.95
full credits from IMDbP.B.S. official movie site
watch full movie [2/2016 upload; 1:45:32] online at YouTube

Books  About  "Citizen  Kane"

Gottesman, Ronald, ed. Focus on Citizen Kane. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1971.

Walking Shadows / Welles, Hearst & Citizen Kane  
"Walking Shadows: Orson Welles, William Randolph Hearst & Citizen Kane" [2004]
by John Evangelist Walsh

Popular Press 8¼x6 hardcover [11/2004] for $28.70

Spirit of America Bookstore's Wm. Randolph Hearst [1863-1951] Page

Citizen Kane Casebook   "Orson Welles's Citizen Kane: A Casebook" [2004]
Edited by James Naremore

Oxford Univ Press 8¼x5½ pb [7/2004] for $21.95
Oxford Univ Press 8½x5½ hardcover [7/2004] for $74.00
Hollywood Classics / Citizen Kane   "Hollywood Classics: Citizen Kane" [1991]
by Lynne Piade

Smithmark Publrs 14½x10¾ pb [8/91] out of print/used
Citizen Kane 50th Anniversary Album   "Citizen Kane: The 50th Anniversary Album" [1990]
by Harlan Lebo

illustrated with over 100 never-before-published photographs
Doubleday 11x8¾ hardcover [10/90] for $29.95
"Citizen Kane: A Filmmaker’s Journey" [2000]
not listed at either Amazon or B&N (8/2006}
Making of Citizen Kane  
"The Making of Citizen Kane" [1985]
by Robert L. Carringer

Univ CA Press 2nd edition 9x6 pb [10/96] for $19.95
Univ CA Press 9x6 pb [6/85] out of print/used
Univ CA Press 9½x6¼ hardcover [6/85] out of print/used
Pauline Kael's Citizen Kane Book   "Raising Kane and Other Essays" [1996] by Pauline Kael
Marion Boyars pb [6/96] for $27.57
"The Citizen Kane Book: Raising Kane" [1971]
critical text by Pauline Kael

includes the screenplay by Orson Welles & Herman J. Mankiewicz
Limelight Editions pb [3/88] out of print/used
"Ciudadano Kane: La Historia Detras de La Pelicula" [2001]
Grupo Editorial Norma Spanish-language pb [6/2001] out of print/rare

Citizen Hearst   "Citizen Hearst: The Monumental & Controversial Biography of One of The Most Fabulous Characters In American History"
[1961] by W.A. Swanberg

Scribner mass pb [5/81] out of print/many used
B.B.S. Publng 9½x6½ hardcover [9/96] out of print/used

Spirit of America Bookstore's Wm. Randolph Hearst [1863-1951] Page

Other  Media

Orson Welles talks about 'Citizen Kane' on "Monitor" programme [BBC-TV March 1960]
edited from b&w TV interview by Huw Wheldon
episode credits at IMDb
watch opening segment [6/2014 upload; 9:04] online at YouTube
watch edited segment [3/2015 upload; 10:49] online at YouTube

'Citizen Kane'  Image  Gallery

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color lectern poster for "Citizen Kane"' [1941] movie
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establishing long-shot of the political rally and speech in "Citizen Kane" [1941]

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