Citizen Kane (1941)
Critic Consensus: Orson Welles's epic tale of a publishing tycoon's rise and fall is entertaining, poignant, and inventive in its storytelling, earning its reputation as a landmark achievement in film.
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as Charles Foster Kane
as Susan Alexander
as Jedediah Leland
as Walter Parks Thatcher
as Mrs. Mary Kane
as Emily Norton Kane
as Kane Sr.
as Boss James W. Gettys
as Kane III
as Herbert Carter
as Jerry Thompson
as Head Waiter
as Young Charles Foster Kane
as Mr. Rawlston
as Miss Anderson
as Kane senior
as Enquirer Reporter
as City Editor
as Orchestra Leader
as Miss Townsend
as Dr. Corey
as Chorus Master
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Critic Reviews for Citizen Kane
It is a triumph of the film, and proof of its solid value and of the sense of its director and all concerned, that a human touch is not lost. Sympathy for the preposterous Mr. Kane survives. Indeed, there is something about him which seems admirable.
Welles' performance is nothing less than astonishing. He begins as a youth of 21, goes through middle age to his death, and makes every moment believable in voice, walk, and gesture. Even in his love scenes is Welles effective.
This stuff is fine theatre, technically or any other way, and along with them the film is exciting for the recklessness of its independence, even if it seems to have little to be free for.
Some day, and the time won't be long in arriving, Welles will be the greatest director in Hollywood.
It can be classified as, in a number of aspects, one of the most arresting pictures ever produced.
Audience Reviews for Citizen Kane
There are many reasons why so many rever this film for so very many years, but the story at the heart of it, that of a little boy trying to buy love no matter what, no matter how old he gets, until the day he dies, is what gets me every time, the humanity. But rest assured, just about every category they give Oscars away for is well represented here.
Watching Citizen Kane today is almost like an exercise in deciding what is more perfect: if Gregg Toland's cinematography and gorgeous deep focus; Robert Wise's exceptional editing; Welles' magnificent direction and acting; or the film's superlative script told in a non-linear structure.
There is no confusion about why this is commonly considered one of the greatest films of all time.
Citizen Kane Quotes
|Charles Foster Kane:||Rosebud...|
|Charles Foster Kane:||Rosebud.|
|Charles Foster Kane:||I run a couple of newspapers. What do you do?|
|Charles Foster Kane:||We have no secrets from our readers. Mr. Thatcher is one of our most devoted readers, Mr. Bernstein. He knows what's wrong with every issue since I've taken charge.|