Citizen Kane (1941)Considered by many as the best film ever made, this is the story of Charles Foster Kane. The film opens with a long shot of Xanadu - the private estate of one of the world's richest men. In the middle of the estate is a castle. We see, inside the castle, a dying man examining a winter scene within a crystal ball. As he drops it, it smashes, and one word is heard - "Rosebud"... What follows are pieces of newsreel like footage detailing how Kane amassed his fortune, and turning around full circle at the end.
Directed by: Orson Welles
The cast includes: Joseph Cotten (Jedediah Leland/Newsreel Reporter), Agnes Moorehead (Mrs. Mary Kane), Everett Sloane (Mr. Bernstein, Kane''s General Manager), Orson Welles (Charles Foster Kane)
Also known as: American, John Citizen, U.S.A.
MPAA rating: , Running time: 119 minutes
Presented in: BW
Awards: AFI Number 1 Film of All Time, Academy Awards: Best Writing, Original Screenplay, Nominated: Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration, Black-and-White, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, Best Director, Best Film Editing, Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic Picture, Best Picture, Best Sound, Recording
Related categories: Documentary/Mocumentary, Too Good to Ignore