Citizen Kane

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The source book of Orson Welles, and still a marvellous movie. Thematically less resonant than some of Welles' later meditations on the nature of power, perhaps, but still absolutely riveting as an investigation of a citizen—newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst by any other name—under suspicion of having soured the American Dream. Its imagery (not forgetting the oppressive ceilings) as Welles delightedly explores his mastery of a new vocabulary, still amazes and delights, from the opening shot of the forbidding gates of Xanadu to the last glimpse of the vanishing Rosebud (tarnished, maybe, but still a potent symbol). A film that gets better with each renewed acquaintance.

Release details

Rated: PG
Release date: Thursday May 1 1941
Duration: 119 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Orson Welles
Screenwriter: Orson Welles, Herman J Mankiewicz
Cast: Agnes Moorehead
Alan Ladd
Ray Collins
Paul Stewart
Ruth Warrick
George Coulouris
Orson Welles
Dorothy Comingore
Joseph Cotten
Everett Sloane
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