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Directed by Orson Welles

United States 1941 119 mins.

Routinely voted—by critics, scholars, and filmmakers—as one of the best films ever made, Citizen Kane is many things at once: the first film of one of the 20th century’s most beloved and iconic artist-entertainers, the supreme technical achievement of the era’s classical Hollywood cinema, and a narrative delight of the highest order. Ostensibly retracing the life and loves of ambitious newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane (Welles), the film is really a meditation on loss of innocence and the collapse of the American Dream, long before those tropes became well-worn. With one foot in the past and one in the future, Citizen Kane is the “film that introduces the modern cinema, though it also represents the culmination of the classical.”— Francesco Casetti, “The Eye of the Century.”

Genres: Drama

Appears in: Orson Welles at 100



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