Rightly regarded as a groundbreaking masterpiece, Orson Welles’ debut remains a monumental achievement, its imaginative scope amply repaying countless viewings.
Seldom seen on the big screen in recent years, Welles’ witty, gripping film famously views the controversial life of the late Charles Foster Kane (Welles) – a media tycoon partly inspired by William Randolph Hearst – from the sometimes contradictory perspectives of his friends, employees and mistress. It’s an extraordinary work, not just technically (Gregg Toland’s cinematography, Bernard Herrmann’s score, the editing, design and quietly bravura direction are all superb); but in its dramatic sophistication and thematic richness. An affecting meditation on memory, self-knowledge, solitude and mortality; a wry reflection on fame, fortune and the spirit of America; an exhilarating exploration of the artistic possibilities of the film medium – Citizen Kane is all this… and so very much more.
– Geoff Andrew
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Sun 15 Nov: » Rex, Berkhamsted
From Fri 27 Nov: » Cambridge Arts Picturehouse
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ORSON WELLES 'CITIZEN KANE'
THE MERCURY ACTORS
ORSON WELLES, JOSEPH COTTEN, EVERETT SLOANE, DOROTHY COMINGORE, RUTH WARRICK, RAY COLLINS, GEORGE COULOURIS, AGNES MOOREHEAD
HERMAN J. MANKIEWICZ, ORSON WELLES
PHOTOGRAPHY GREGG TOLAND, A.S.C
EDITOR ROBERT WISE
ART DIRECTION VAN NEST POLGLASE
MUSIC COMPOSED AND CONDUCTED BY
PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY ORSON WELLES
MERCURY PRODUCTIONS RKO RADIO PICTURES
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