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Citizen Kane (1941)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Mystery  |  5 September 1941 (USA)
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Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance.



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Top Rated Movies #65 | Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Erskine Sanford ...
William Alland ...
George Coulouris ...
Fortunio Bonanova ...
Gus Schilling ...
Philip Van Zandt ...
Mr. Rawlston
Georgia Backus ...
Miss Anderson
Harry Shannon ...
Kane's Father


A group of reporters are trying to decipher the last word ever spoken by Charles Foster Kane, the millionaire newspaper tycoon: "Rosebud." The film begins with a news reel detailing Kane's life for the masses, and then from there, we are shown flashbacks from Kane's life. As the reporters investigate further, the viewers see a display of a fascinating man's rise to fame, and how he eventually fell off the top of the world. Written by Zack H.

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5 September 1941 (USA)  »

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$686,033 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Orson Welles always claimed that this picture was not the biography of one specific individual, but a composite of characters from that era in America. Though universally recognized as based on the life of William Randolph Hearst, there were also elements in the story that applied to the life of Chicago utilities magnate Samuel Insull (1859-1938). See more »


When Kane's second wife is recounting the moment she left him, the suitcase that is open on the bed has frills on the inside. When we hear the butler continue the story, Kane walks back towards the suitcase to close it, and the frills are gone. See more »


[first lines]
Charles Foster Kane: Rosebud...
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Crazy Credits

The film's opening title card is presented in complete silence, briefly with no music. See more »


Referenced in Julie and Jack (2003) See more »


from RKO's The Conquerors (1932)
Music by Max Steiner
Performed in a "News On The March" sequence
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Most important movie ever made
8 November 2005 | by (Amsterdam) – See all my reviews

Kane "Citizen Kane" (1941) was Orson Welles' film debut, and in it he created an enduring masterpiece that is considered by many to be the greatest movie ever made.


Shortly after "Citizen Kane" opens, we see aged newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane (Welles) softly drawl the word "Rosebud" and die. Sensing that there's a story behind Kane's dying word, a magazine editor shows a reporter a newsreel obituary that chronicles how Kane created a business empire, married a U.S. President's niece, ran unsuccessfully for Governor of New York, divorced his first wife and married a second, collected art, built a fabulous estate called Xanadu, and divorced his second wife. The reporter is then assigned the task of ferreting out the significance of "Rosebud." As the reporter's investigation progresses, fascinating details about Kane emerge.

My opinion:

Citizen kane is maybe for a lot of people (myselve not included) not a real entertaining movie, But there is no doubt about it that aws one of the most important movies ever made.

The visual style of "Citizen Kane" looks stunningly fresh and inventive even today, and the unconventional narrative structure of the Oscar-winning screenplay still seems daring. Welles' portrayal of a character who gradually ages from 25 to old age is unexcelled, and the movie's supporting cast, most of whom had worked previously with Welles on stage and radio productions, is superb. In short, everything came together in "Citizen Kane" to make it one of the greatest character studies ever captured on film.

Citizen kane is also one of my favorites and is listed in my top 5 of all time: 9.5 / 10 Masterpiece !!!

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