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Citizen Kane (1941)

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Citizen Kane (1941) 


Orson Welles
Joseph Cotten
Dorothy Comingore
Everett Sloane
Ray Collins

Directed by Orson Wells

Distributed RKO Radio Pictures

Whether this movie is overrated or not, Citizen Kane tops the list of many reviewers.

This 1941 drama film, was directed, written and starred Orson Welles. Who was at that time making his directorial debut. Citizen Kane is a movie that i may not boldly say go watch, but if you like the art of film making then this is one classic you should see.

The high points in the movie will have to be the story telling, based primarily on flashbacks. The movie is about a man named Charles Foster Kane a newspaper magnate, played by Orson Welles, whose story is loosely based on the lives of four men, American newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, Chicago tycoons Samuel Insull and Harold McCormick and some aspects of Welles's own life.

Narrated principally through flashbacks, the story of Charles Foster Kane is revealed through the research of a newsreel reporter, who was seeking to uncover the mystery of the newspaper magnate (Charles Foster Kane) dying word: "Rosebud".

The thrill in this movie is how it moves from flashback to real time in such powerful continuity that makes you respect the art. If you are to compare this movie to such like Inception and co, you may view it as an overrated classic, the cinematography is one for the books and the story is masterful.

Viewing the film with an objective look that it was made in 1941 in black and white, where no CGI is available at all but we have makeup artist doing their absolute best to make sure that you are carried along in the growth of Kane himself.

Then the question comes to play in your heart, the portrayal of the character, Orson did so well at various stages in the life of Kane that he convinces you that he either most have known Kane before in a previous life.

The directing style of Orson too is something to talk about, making the story based only on the life of Kane and making the newspaper reporter kind of anonymous.

The story of the movie depicts a man who had everything but lacked empathy, this makes you the audience either judge his actions or commend them as brave.

The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards but took home one for Best Writing (Original Screenplay) by Herman Mankiewicz and Welles. It has topped many reviewers 'greatest film ever made' lists such as that of Sight & Sound's decennial poll, the AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies list and its 10th Anniversary Update.

This movie is a classic true and true.


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