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Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane

Orson Welles
 Cast: Orson Welles
Orson Welles
, Joseph Cotten
Joseph Cotten
, Everett Sloane
Everett Sloane
, Dorothy Comingore
Dorothy Comingore
Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane

Orson Welles
 Cast: Orson Welles
Orson Welles
, Joseph Cotten
Joseph Cotten
, Everett Sloane
Everett Sloane
, Dorothy Comingore
Dorothy Comingore


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Orson Welles first feature film -- which he directed, produced, and co-wrote, as well as playing the title role -- proved to be his most important and influential work, a ground-breaking drama loosely based on the life of William Randolph Hearst which is frequently cited as the finest American film ever made. Aging newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles) dies in his sprawling Florida estate after uttering a single, enigmatic final word -- "Rosebud" -- and newsreel producer Rawlston (Phil Van Zandt) sends reporter Jerry Thompson (William Alland) out with the assignment of uncovering the meaning behind the great man's dying thought. As Thompson interviews Kane's friends, family, and associates, we learn the facts of Kane's eventful and ultimately tragic life: his abandonment by his parents (Agnes Moorehead and Harry Shannon) after he becomes the heir to a silver mine; his angry conflicts with his guardian, master financier Walter Parks Thatcher (George Coulouris); his impulsive decision that "it would be fun to run a newspaper" with the help of school chum Jedediah Leland (Joseph Cotten) and loyal assistant Mr. Bernstein (Everett Sloane); his rise from scandal sheet publisher to the owner of America's largest and most influential newspaper chain; his marriage to socially prominent Emily Norton (Ruth Warrick), whose uncle is the President of the United States; Kane's ambitious bid for public office, which is dashed along with his marriage when his opponent, corrupt political boss Jim Gettys (Ray Collins), reveals that Kane is having an affair with aspiring vocalist Susan Alexander (Dorothy Comingore); Kane's vain attempts to promote second wife Alexander as an opera star; and his final, self-imposed exile to a massive and never-completed pleasure palace called Xanadu. While Citizen Kane was a film full of distinguished debuts -- along with Welles, it was the first feature for Joseph Cotten, Everett Sloane, Ray Collins, Agnes Moorehead, and Ruth Warrick -- the only Academy Award it received was for Best Original Screenplay, for which Welles shared credit with veteran screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/23/2021
UPC: 0715515270212
Original Release: 1941
Rating: PG
Source: Criterion Collection
Sales rank: 2,954

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Orson Welles Charles Foster Kane
Joseph Cotten Jedediah Leland
Everett Sloane Mr. Bernstein
Dorothy Comingore Susan Alexander
Ray Collins Boss Jim Gettys
Ruth Warrick Emily Norton Kane
George Coulouris Walter Parks Thatcher
Paul Stewart Raymond
Buddy Swan Kane as Child
Agnes Moorehead Kane's Mother
Harry Shannon Kane's Father
Sonny Bupp Kane III
Erskine Sanford Herbert Carter
William Alland Jerry Thompson
Georgia Backus Bertha
Philip Van Zandt Mr. Rawlston
Gus Schilling Headwaiter
Fortunio Bonanova Signor Matiste
Pedro de Cordoba Kane senior
Charles Bennett Entertainer
Joan Blair Georgia
Edmund Cobb Enquirer Reporter
Eddie Coke Reporter
Gino Corrado Gino
Herbert Corthell City Editor
Louise Currie Reporter
Robert Dudley Photographer
Al Eben Mike
Edith Evanson Nurse
Arthur Kay Orchestra Leader
Milt Kibbee Reporter
Alan Ladd Reporter
Ellen Lowe Miss Townsend
Irving Mitchell Dr. Corey
Arthur O'Connell Reporter
Benny Rubin Smather
Walter Sande Reporter
Tudor Williams Chorus Master

Technical Credits
Orson Welles Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Arthur Appell Choreography
Linwood G. Dunn Special Effects
Perry Ferguson Art Director
Bernard Herrmann Score Composer
Herman Mankiewicz Screenwriter
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Mark Robson Editor
Maurice Seiderman Makeup
Edward Stevenson Costumes/Costume Designer
James G. Stewart Sound/Sound Designer
Gregg Toland Cinematographer
Vernon Walker Special Effects
Robert Wise Editor

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