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Citizen Kane

USA, English, 119 mins

  • Director: Orson Welles
  • Writer: Herman J. Mankiewicz; Orson Welles
  • Producer: Orson Welles; George Schaefer

CGiii Comment

An Oscar-winning Box Office flop...due to the possible intervention of the tycoon, Hearst.

It has been hailed as one of the greatest films ever made...but, to appreciate this greatness...some technical knowledge must be known as to the innovations that Welles developed and used.

Sexual subtext is everywhere - sexual & political scandals were threatened at Orson by Hearst - the drama that this film created is possibly better than the drama on screen.


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The(ir) Blurb...

A group of reporters are trying to decipher the last word ever spoken by Charles Foster Kane, the millionaire newspaper tycoon: "Rosebud." The film begins with a news reel detailing Kane's life for the masses, and then from there, we are shown flashbacks from Kane's life. As the reporters investigate further, the viewers see a display of a fascinating man's rise to fame, and how he eventually fell off the top of the world.

Cast & Characters

Joseph Cotten as Jedediah Leland;
Dorothy Comingore as Susan Alexander Kane;
Agnes Moorehead as Mary Kane;
Ruth Warrick as Emily Monroe Norton Kane;
Ray Collins as James W. Gettys;
Erskine Sanford as Herbert Carter;
Everett Sloane as Mr. Bernstein;
William Alland as Jerry Thompson;
Paul Stewart as Raymond;
George Coulouris as Walter Parks Thatcher;
Fortunio Bonanova as Signor Matiste;
Gus Schilling as The Headwaiter;
Philip Van Zandt as Mr. Rawlston;
Georgia Backus as Bertha Anderson;
Harry Shannon as Kane's Father

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