Citizen Kane


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Herrmann and Welles

Citizen Kane

  • 1941
  • Directed By: Orson Welles
  • Rated PG
  • Drama
  • 119 Minutes
  1. Saturday, December 10, 2011 3:00 p.m.

Often considered the greatest film of all time, Welles's Hollywood debut is a film à clef based on the life of William Randolph Hearst and was nominated for Academy Awards in nine categories, winning the award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay). With innovative narrative, cinematic, and scoring techniques, Welles tells the story of the fictional Charles Foster Kane in flashbacks as a newsreel reporter tries to discover the meaning of Kane’s last word on his deathbed (“Rosebud...”), slowly revealing how Kane began as an idealistic young man in the publishing industry whose life spiraled into a quest for political and social power. Also starring Dorothy Cormingore and Joseph Cotton. (35mm)