Citizen Kane (1941)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 59 mins

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Embedded with intrigue and insight, this classic drama delves into the complex sequence of events that unfold when a group of reporters, try to decipher the last word ever spoke by Charles Foster Kane, the millionaire newspaper tycoon: "Rosebud." This exquisitely crafted tale begins with a news reel detailing Kane's life for the masses, and then from there, through flashbacks from Kane's life his fascinating journey is revealed. As the reporters investigate further, the intricate details of his meteoric rise to fame rise to fame, and how he eventually fell off the "top of the world" are incisively brought to light.
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Cast: Dorothy Comingore, Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles

Crew: Orson Welles (Director), Gregg Toland (Director of Photography), Bernard Herrmann (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Drama, Mystery

Release Dates: 05 Sep 1941 (India)

Tagline: Some called him a hero. Others called him a heel...

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Did you know? Gregg Toland's cinematography credit appears alongside Orson Welles directing credit in the final title card of the film. Read More
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as Susan Alexander Kane
as Jedediah Leland
as Kane
as Mary Kane
as Kane, age eight
as Herbert Carter
as Mr Bernstein
as Matiste
as Walter Parks Thatcher
as Miss Anderson
as The Headwaiter
as Kane's Father
as Raymond
as Mr Rawlston
as James W Gettys
as Emily Monroe Norton Kane
as Kane III
as Jerry Thompson




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Some called him a hero. Others called him a heel...
365 days in the making - and every minute of it an exciting NEW thrill for you !
It's Terrific!
Everybody's talking about it!
The classic story of power and the press.
I hate him! I love him! He's a scoundrel! He's a saint! He's crazy! He's a genius!
Movie Connection(s):
Referenced in: Fantastic Mr. Fox (English)
Referenced in: Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (English)
Referenced in: Schindler's List (English)
Referenced in: The Conjuring (English)
Director/star Orson Welles' hands were bleeding when he destroyed Susan's room after she left him. This was done on the first take.

The film's opening with just the title and no star names was unprecedented in 1941 but now is the industry norm for almost all Hollywood blockbusters today.

Orson Welles was accused of being a Communist in order to keep the film from being released and this angered Randolph Hearst.

The nitrate negatives were lost in a fire during the 1970s.

The audience watching Kane making his speech is actually a still photo with hundreds of holes pricked into it with a pin and light moved behind it to give the illusion of movement.

The movie was initially titled 'American Kane' and "John Q".

Orson Welles used to sit in the make-up chair from 2:30am to get ready for scenes featuring the older Kane which is to be shot at 9:00am.

Orson Welles regretted the way Marion Davies was portrayed as "Susan Alexander" and that Davies was a wonderful woman.

This film was ranked number 1 on the list of greatest American movies of all time in 1998 by the American Film Institute.

Jerry Thompson played by William Alland's face is never fully seen as he's always in the shadows.

This movie's line 'Rosebud' was voted the 3rd of "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines" by 'Premiere" magazine in 2007.

Orson Welles was known for his experimental work and made Gregg Toland really eager to work with the young maverick director.

Gregg Toland's cinematography credit appears alongside Orson Welles directing credit in the final title card of the film.