Citizen Kane (1941) USA
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Director:Orson Welles
Studio:Turner Home Ent
Producer:Orson Welles
Writer:Herman J. Mankiewicz, Orson Welles
Rating:4.0 (682 votes)
Date Added:2008-02-29
Awards:Won Oscar, Another 4 wins & 9 nominations
Aspect Ratio:1.33:1
Subtitles:English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Features:Black and White
Orson Welles  ...  (Director)
Herman J. Mankiewicz, Orson Welles  ...  (Writer)
Georgia Backus  ...  Miss Anderson
Fortunio Bonanova  ...  Matiste
Sonny Bupp  ...  
Ray Collins  ...  James W. Gettys
Dorothy Comingore  ...  Susan Alexander Kane
Joseph Cotten  ...  Jedediah Leland
Agnes Moorehead  ...  Mary Kane
Ruth Warrick  ...  Emily Monroe Norton Kane
Erskine Sanford  ...  Herbert Carter
Everett Sloane  ...  Mr. Bernstein
William Alland  ...  Jerry Thompson
Paul Stewart  ...  Raymond
George Coulouris  ...  Walter Parks Thatcher
Gus Schilling  ...  The Headwaiter
Philip Van Zandt  ...  Mr. Rawlston
Harry Shannon  ...  Kane's Father
Orson Welles  ...  
Summary: Arguably the greatest of American films, Orson Welles's 1941 masterpiece, made when he was only 26, still unfurls like a dream and carries the viewer along the mysterious currents of time and memory to reach a mature (if ambiguous) conclusion: people are the sum of their contradictions, and can't be known easily. Welles plays newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane, taken from his mother as a boy and made the ward of a rich industrialist. The result is that every well-meaning or tyrannical or self-destructive move he makes for the rest of his life appears in some way to be a reaction to that deeply wounding event. Written by Welles and Herman J. Mankiewicz, and photographed by Gregg Toland, the film is the sum of Welles's awesome ambitions as an artist in Hollywood. He pushes the limits of then-available technology to create a true magic show, a visual and aural feast that almost seems to be rising up from a viewer's subconsciousness. As Kane, Welles even ushers in the influence of Bertolt Brecht on film acting. This is truly a one-of-a-kind work, and in many ways is still the most modern of modern films from the 20th century. "--Tom Keogh"