A sophisticated masterpiece and one of the world’s most famous and highly-rated films, Citizen Kane contains many extraordinary performances and scenes using cinematic and narrative techniques which were experimental and innovative at the time.
Director, star and producer Orson Welles, at a fresh-faced 25 years of age, engendered controversy with his debut film as it appeared to draw unflattering parallels with the life of William Randolph Hearst, a powerful newspaper magnate and publisher. Hearst tried to suppress the film’s distribution through intimidation, blackmail, newspaper smears, discrediting and the encouragement of FBI investigations.
A must-see education in cinematic history. And a wonderfully entertaining film at that!
For the first time at Wonderful Cinema, we recommend you do watch this trailer (contains no spoilers):
Title: Citizen Kane
Direction: Orson Welles
Screenplay: Herman J. Mankiewicz, Orson Welles
Cinematography: Gregg Toland
Editing: Robert Wise
Score: Bernard Herrmann
Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead, Everett Sloane, George Coulouris, Ruth Warrick, Harry Shannon, William Alland, Ray Collins, Paul Stewart