Citizen Kane [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [3 Discs]

Citizen Kane [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [3 Discs]

Director: Orson Welles Cast: Orson Welles
Orson Welles
, Dorothy Comingore
Dorothy Comingore
, Joseph Cotten
Joseph Cotten
, Everett Sloane
Everett Sloane
Orson Welles
Citizen Kane [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [3 Discs]

Citizen Kane [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [3 Discs]

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

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/23/2021
UPC: 0715515270212
Original Release: 1941
Rating: PG
Source: Criterion Collection
Language: English
Time: 1:59:00
Sales rank: 4,098

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Orson Welles Charles Foster Kane
Dorothy Comingore Susan Alexander
Joseph Cotten Jedediah Leland
Everett Sloane Bernstein
George Coulouris Walter Parks Thatcher
Agnes Moorehead Mrs. Mary Kane
Ruth Warrick Emily Norton Kane
Harry Shannon Kane Sr.
Ray Collins Boss James W. Gettys
Sonny Bupp Kane III
Erskine Sanford Herbert Carter
William Alland Jerry Thompson
Fortunio Bonanova Matisti
Paul Stewart Raymond
Gus Schilling Head Waiter
Buddy Swan Young Charles Foster Kane
Philip Van Zandt Mr. Rawlston
Georgia Backus Miss Anderson
Alan Ladd Reporter
Arthur O'Connell Reporter
Agnes Morehead Mary Kane
Herbert Carter Mr. Bernstein
Dorothy Actor
Don Ackerman Man at Party in Everglades
John Alban un journaliste
Demetrius Alexis Newsreel Man
William Alston Man at Xanadu Great Hall
Baudelio Alva Newsreel Man
Sam Ash Man at Boat Dock
Michael Audley Man in Projection Room
Walter Bacon City Room Employee
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,Actor
Ellen Lowe Miss Townsend
Irving Mitchell Dr. Corey
Benny Rubin Smather
Walter Sande Reporter
Tudor Williams Chorus Master
Bernard Herrmann Conductor,Composer

Technical Credits
Orson Welles Director,Screenwriter,Producer
Herman J. Mankiewicz Screenwriter
Vernon L. Walker Special Effects,Special Effects
Russell A. Cully Special Effects
James G. Stewart Sound Effects
John Aalberg Sound Effects
John C. Grubb Sound Effects
John Houseman Screenwriter
Roger Q. Denny Screenwriter
George Schaefer Producer
Linwood Dunn Special Effects
James G. Stewart Sound/Sound Designer
Bailey Fesler Sound/Sound Designer
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