American Experience (1988– )
7.8/10
1,153
15 user 7 critic

The Battle Over Citizen Kane 

Documentary about the battle between Orson Welles and William Randolph Hearst over Welles' Citizen Kane (1941). Features interviews with Welles' and Hearst's co-workers also as a relative complete bio of Hearst.
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Edit

Cast

Episode credited cast:
William Alland ...
Himself
Thomas Anderson ...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Narrator (voice)
...
Herself (archive footage)
Leonard de Paur ...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Himself
William Randolph Hearst ...
Himself (archive footage)
William Herz ...
Himself
Sam Leve ...
Himself
...
Himself
Nancy Loe ...
Herself
Frank Mankiewicz ...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

This documentary, produced for PBS' _"American Experience, The" (1988)_ series, chronicles the struggles between filmmaker Orson Welles and newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst over the making and release of Citizen Kane (1941), whose protagonist (Charles Foster Kane) was allegedly a barely fictionalized Hearst. Interviews with contemporaries of Hearst and Welles reveal the intense campaign to suppress the film and ultimately ruin the career of its director. Written by Jesse Garon <grifter@primenet.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 January 1996 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Features 25th Infantry (1900) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Real Kane
21 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Documentary about the battle between Orson Welles and William Randolph Hearst over Welles' "Citizen Kane" (1941). Features interviews with Welles' and Hearst's co-workers also as a relatively complete bio of Hearst.

This documentary covers two things. One is the creation of "Citizen Kane" and the troubles that Orson Welles went through to get people to see it. This is covered fairly well, and for a fictional version of the story people can watch "RKO 281" which is based on this documentary.

The other part is just as interesting, and maybe even more so: the biography of William Randolph Heart. While a towering figure in his day and at the time "Citizen Kane" came out, he has left the public consciousness. Do half of the people in America even know who he is? Probably not. And yet he had a profound effect on journalism and culture. He should be celebrated.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page