1940. Film studio RKO hires 24-year-old wunderkind Orson Welles under a contract that gives him full creative control of his movies. For his first film, he calls in washed-up alcoholic Herman J Mankiewicz to write the screenplay. That film is "Citizen Kane," and this is the story of how it was written.
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admitted to Total Film that his preference for shooting multiple takes "exhausted" his leading man Gary Oldman
in the beginning of production, adding, "I'm fairly didactic about, 'These are the things that the scene needs to accomplish for me, and we will continue to play, to look for ways to underline these ideas that are as subtle as we can make them.'" Fincher continued, "It's a hard thing to say to actors, 'I want a cohesive, great performance in the master [shot]'. "And then, 'I want a cohesive, great performance in the alternate master.' And then, 'I want a cohesive, great performance in the over-the-shoulder. And I want a cohesive, great performance in his over-the-shoulder on to you. And I want the singles.' Because I don't want to cut a scene based on where you are at personally on Tuesday. I don't think I could go into the edit room knowing that I was going to have to cut around somebody who didn't deliver. Part of it is you cast really great people and get the fuck out of the way." See more
Lily Collins character is supposed to be English, but she cites the Battle of Hastings as "14 October 1066". A real English person would, even today, say "14th of October 1066". See more
Louis B. Mayer
This is a business where the buyer gets nothing for his money but a memory. What he bought still belongs to the man who sold it. That's the real magic of the movies. And don't let anybody tell you different.
The Netflix logos at the beginning and end are in full color, despite the film being in black and white. See more
(If Only You Could) Save Me
Music & Lyrics and Produced by Trent Reznor
& Atticus Ross
Vocals by Adryon de León See more