Citizen Kane

Production year: 1941

Drama PG   Running time: 1:59

IMDB rating:   8.4     Aspect: 4:3;  Languages: English;  Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese;  Audio: Mono

Arguably the greatest of American films, Orson Welles's 1941 masterpiece, made when he was only 26, still unfurls like a dream and carries the viewer along the mysterious currents of time and memory to reach a mature (if ambiguous) conclusion: people are the sum of their contradictions, and can't be known easily. Welles plays newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane, taken from his mother as a boy and made the ward of a rich industrialist. The result is that every well-meaning or tyrannical or self-destructive move he makes for the rest of his life appears in some way to be a reaction to that deeply wounding event. Written by Welles and Herman J. Mankiewicz, and photographed by Gregg Toland, the film is the sum of Welles's awesome ambitions as an artist in Hollywood. He pushes the limits of then-available technology to create a true magic show, a visual and aural feast that almost seems to be rising up from a viewer's subconsciousness. As Kane, Welles even ushers in the influence of Bertolt Brecht on film acting. This is truly a one-of-a-kind work, and in many ways is still the most modern of modern films from the 20th century.



Audio commentary
Photo gallery
Production notes
Trailers/TV spots

Special features

Peter Bogdanovich Audio Commentary
Roger Ebert Audio Commentary
1941 Movie Premire Newsreel
Gallery Of Storyboards, Rare Photos, Alternate Ad Campaigns, Studio Correspondence, Call Sheets, Other Memorabilia
Filmmaker Postscripts
Award Data
"The Battle Over Citizen Kane" Documentary
Interviews with Ruth Warrick and Robert Wise
Still Photography with Commentary by Robert Ebert and More
Citizen Kane