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Citizen Kane

(DVD - 2001 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Citizen Kane
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Feature film: An all-powerful press magnate, Kane, dies in his fabulous castle Xanadu, his last word being "Rosebud", which leads a reporter to seek the meaning behind the word and find the meaning of Kane. Prominant publisher, William Randolph Hearst, saw the film as a thinly disguised version of his career and attempted to suppress it. Documentary: Looks at the lives and careers of Orson Welles and William Randolph Hearst, and how Hearst tried to surpress the film Citizen Kane and destroy Welles.
Title: Citizen Kane
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Warner Home Video, 2001.
Edition: Two disc special ed.
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (232 min.) :,sd., b&w with col. sequences ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: Feature film: interactive menus, scene selection, theatrical trailer, production notes, filmmaker postscripts and awards data, two feature-length audio commentaries, one by Roger Ebert, the other by Peter Bogdanovich, 1941 movie premiere newsreel, gallery of storyboards, rare photos, alternative ad campaigns, studio correspondence, call sheets, and other memorabilia. Documentary: Welles filmography.
Feature film: Originally produced as a motion picture in 1941. Documentary: Originally broadcast as part of the PBS series the American experience in 1996.
Contents: Citizen Kane (119 min.)
The battle over Citizen Kane (113 min.)
Summary: Feature film: An all-powerful press magnate, Kane, dies in his fabulous castle Xanadu, his last word being "Rosebud", which leads a reporter to seek the meaning behind the word and find the meaning of Kane. Prominant publisher, William Randolph Hearst, saw the film as a thinly disguised version of his career and attempted to suppress it. Documentary: Looks at the lives and careers of Orson Welles and William Randolph Hearst, and how Hearst tried to surpress the film Citizen Kane and destroy Welles.
ISBN: 0780635205
Statement of Responsibility: RKO Radio Pictures ; a Mercury production ; director/producer, Orson Welles. The battle over Citizen Kane / produced by Thomas Lennon, Michael Epstein ; a Lennon Documentary Group film for the American experience ; WGBH Boston
Credits: Feature film: Photography, Gregg Toland ; editor, Robert Wise ; music, Bernard Herrmann. Documentary: Directors of photography, Greg Andracke, Michael Chin ; edited by Ken Eluto; narrated by Richard Ben Cramer; music, Brian Keane.
Performers: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead, Everett Sloane. Documentary: Host and narrator, David McCullough.
System Details: DVD.
Other Language: Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.
English soundtrack with subtitles in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
Subject Headings: Motion picture industry California Hollywood History. Motion pictures History. Newspaper publishing United States Drama. Citizen Kane (Motion picture) Hearst, William Randolph, 1863-1951 Drama. Welles, Orson, 1915-1985.
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Feature films.
Topical Term: Motion picture industry
Motion pictures
Newspaper publishing
Publisher No: T6565
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May 09, 2014
  • garycornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A Five Star Masterpiece is how I feel about "Citizen Kane". Orson Wells and his "Mercury Players" are all great, especially Joseph Cotten. If you have missed this movie, then you are missing one of the Best Classsic Movies of All Time!

May 06, 2014
  • Libraryman1_0 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Touted by the AFI (American FIlm Institute) to be the single greatest American Movie of all time, Citizen Kane spares nothing in the way of it's grand scale epicness. This was the role that defined Orson Welles as a major force in cinema, and this movie is a testiment to his filmmaking genius. From the gloominess of the opening shot of Kane's mansion on a fog swept hillside to the conclusion where you discover what the last word of Kane which was ROSEBUD means. Allegedly, this film was a loosely based biography of famed newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, and met with major controversy as Hearst had the film blacklisted and blocked from release in several theatres across the U.S. As time has passed though this picture continues to endure and is as thought provoking and classic in nature as it was at the time of it's release 1943.

The Saint John Free Public Library's Movie Club showed CITIZEN KANE on Saturday, February 16, 2013 as part of its ORSON WELLES MONTH, celebrating the work of the late, great actor/writer/director. Questions for further discussion: - Judging CITIZEN KANE by modern moviegoing standards is tricky: when it came out in 1941, many of the techniques it used were brand-new, if not revolutionary, and they have been copied or echoed by innumerable films made since then. But be honest: do you like KANE, or does it seem kinda old and familiar to you? - What do you make of Kane as a character, modeled after prominent American business tycoons like publisher William Randolph Hearst? Is he an admirable man, or ultimately foolish, or both? Does he deserve his fate? - Does KANE’s nonlinear storytelling technique, which presents Kane’s life in flashbacks, work for you, or do you reckon a more straightforward, cradle-to-grave biography would have worked better?

Sep 12, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A grand, innovative, brilliant film. What an incredibly gifted and talented human being was Orson Welles to have co-written, directed, produced, edited, and starred in such a spectacular epic as this... AT 24 YEARS OLD. Very interesting commentary by Peter Bogdanovich and Roger Ebert on Welles' creative cinematography concepts such as 'deep focus', 'cut-less' sequences, etc. *** A return viewing, and the companion disk's 1996 PBS feature, "The Battle Over Citizen Kane" included in this newer release is not to be missed by those fond of this jewel. I'm amazed at the audacity of Welles with his blatant satirical depiction of Hearst, a man with more money than God, who could've easily made Orson "disappear". Welles was a young man, feeling bulletproof; and he gambled, and was cut off at the knees after locking horns with old powerful money. How sad that the man never got his due recognition in the twilight of his life. FIVE STARS.

Jun 26, 2013
  • AGuyInAHat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

What can a lowly critic like myself possibly bring to a film like this? It's a masterpiece in every possible respect. Gothic angles illustrate beautifully the savage world Charles Foster Kane creates for himself, destroying his socialistic ideals in favor for shallow opulence and officious greed. The cinematograhy by Gregg Toland offers layers upon layers to an already perfectly established setting, leading performances by Orson Welles, Agnes Moorehead, Joseph Cotton, Everett Sloan and Roy Collins skillfully adds dimension to a perfect screenplay. Greatest film of all time? Personally speaking I can think of other films I adore more than Kane, but whatever acclaim is piled upon it is well deserved. An honest to god masterpiece.

Jun 19, 2013
  • GerryD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Considered one of the Top 10 classic movies (arguably #1). See my GerryD Lists for other classic movies.

Spoiling the Spoiler Alert; First, Gregg Toland deserves a lot of the acclaim this movie gets. The cinematography is stunning. The manner is which the story is relayed was quite unique at the time. But there is no real explanation for the transition from idealist to stingy old man save perhaps power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. How ironic then is it that the guy the film was about shot it down using his power to intimidate. P. S. Rosebud was Hearst's pet name for his amours privates. Herman J. Mankiewicz, who reportedly had more to do with the script than Welles, was a confidant, and this was his way of ticking Hearst off. At least that's what I picked up in Film 101.

Jun 02, 2013
  • IClare rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

*Spoiler Alert* Don't read if you don't want to know what Rosebud meant. Ok, so Rosebud was what was written the sleigh Kane had when he was a child. The sleigh is seen in the scene with his parents, when Mr, Thatcher comes to retrieve him, but we never get to see the other side of the sleigh. The globe that he was holding when he died was a snow globe and no doubt probably reminded him of the snow in Colorado. It was snowing when he was taken away from his parents. He was a rich man that could buy anything in the world and have anything that he wanted, except his childhood with his parents was taken away from him. That's something that money could never buy him back. The movie was just okay for me.

May 23, 2013
  • a_esquimaux rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If someone with my limited attention span (roughly three to seven seconds) can sit through this film not once... not twice... but THRICE! ... a simple 'wow' will have to suffice. Every frame of this movie is jam-packed with life, and the transitions in this movie -- alone -- warrant multiple viewings. Documentary on second disk is a must for Orson-heads (though ultimately depressing). As an aside, there's a soundbite from one of his colleagues (in the doc) regarding his "vainglorious"-ness that is just asking to be sampled. Orson Welles: Original Gangster.

May 03, 2013
  • THUD55 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed the extras to this disk set. I did not know about the fighting and uproar this movie cause and how young Orson was when he did this movie. Now I am not surprised that he didn't win best picture in 1941. before I saw the extras I always wondered why the movie did not win since it is considered one of the best movies of all time.

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Sep 11, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Female reporter: "If you could've found out what 'Rosebud' meant, I bet that would've explained everything." Thompson: "No, I don't think so... no. Mr. Kane was a man who got everything he wanted and then lost it. Maybe 'Rosebud' was something he couldn't get, or something he lost. Anyway, it wouldn't have explained anything... I don't think any word can explain a man's life. No, I guess 'Rosebud' is just a... piece in a jigsaw puzzle... a missing piece..."

Jan 07, 2013
  • marcellmurray rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"I would like to run a newspaper company because I think it would be fun............I would like to run a newspaper......because I THINK IT WOULD BE FUN!!!??"

Sep 13, 2011
  • blahblahman75947efdjkf rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Rosebud......

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