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Citizen Kane (1941)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jedediah Leland / Screening Room Reporter
... Susan Alexander Kane
... Mary Kane
... Emily Monroe Norton Kane
... James W. Gettys
... Herbert Carter / Screening Room Reporter
... Mr. Bernstein
William Alland ... Jerry Thompson
... Raymond
... Walter Parks Thatcher
... Matiste
Gus Schilling ... The Headwaiter / Screening Room Reporter
... Mr. Rawlston
... Miss Anderson
... Kane's Father
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Storyline

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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The classic story of power and the press. See more »

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Drama | Mystery

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5 September 1941 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$839,727 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$216,239, 5 May 1991, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,585,634
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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First film score of Bernard Herrmann. See more »

Goofs

At party to celebrate the new staff members, in the "front row" from left-to-right, men in positions 4, 5, and 6 are bald-headed, with #6 wearing a distinctive striped suit. As Kane walks in front of them, making fun of Jebedia's necktie, camera angle changes, and man formerly in position #6, has now moved down about five "positions," and is soon to be seated next to Kane. See more »

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[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 »

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Referenced in Sal de Prata (2005) See more »

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Funeral March
(1837) (uncredited)
(Third Movement of "Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35" (1839))
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Arranged by Roy Webb
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CITIZEN KANE may let some people down, but it's still worth seeing.
2 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

It's a difficult undertaking for someone of my generation to watch a film like CITIZEN KANE. Not because it's "too old" or "too boring", but because it has been hailed--almost universally--as the single best motion picture ever made. And while the anticipation of seeing a film with such overwhelming acclaim may be quite exhilarating, actually watching it is ultimately an intimidating and somewhat disappointing experience.

This isn't to say that I thought CITIZEN KANE was a bad film; in fact, I thought everything about it was downright brilliant. From the enchanting performances right down to the meticulously planned camera movements and clever lighting tricks, there isn't a single element of CITIZEN KANE that isn't a stunning achievement in all areas of filmmaking.

CITIZEN KANE's storyline is deceptively simple. Even though the plot unfolds by jumping in and out of nonlinear flashbacks, it is surprisingly easy to keep track of. The straightforwardness and relatively fast pace of the story are what make it seem intimidating. Because everything moves smoothly along without any standstill, it feels like we are being fooled-like there is something much greater that we just can't seem to grasp. As a first-time viewer, I knew from its reputation that there must be *something* that separates this movie from all the others; something buried within its simple plotline that everybody else has seen, but that I just could not seem to get a handle on. And then, during those final frames, that something was revealed, and it all began to make sense. To me, it was these moments of confusion and uncertainty followed by a sense of enlightenment and appreciation that made watching CITIZEN KANE such a meaningful experience.

But no matter how great of a movie CITIZEN KANE really is, it can never live up to one's expectations. Although I do feel that it is deserving of its acclamation, the constant exposure to its six decades worth of hype and praise will invariably set most modern viewers' standards at a height that is virtually unreachable--even if it really *is* the best movie of all time.


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