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Citizen Kane (Special Edition)

Release Date: 9/25/01
MSRP: $29.99

Studio: Warner Brothers

Year: 1941

Run Time: 119 minutes

Rating: Not Rated

Starring: Orson Welles , Joseph Cotten , Agnes Moorehead , Everett Sloane , Dorothy Comingore

Directed by: Orson Welles

Produced by: Orson Welles

Written by: Orson Welles , Herman J. Mankiewicz and Herman Mankiewicz

   Movie Summary: [Drama]

    CITIZEN KANE is Orson Welles's greatest achievement--and quite simply a landmark of cinema history. The story charts the rise and fall of a newspaper publisher whose wealth and power ultimately isolates him in his castlelike refuge. The film's protagonist, Charles Foster Kane, was based on a composite of Howard Hughes and William Randolph Hearst--so much so that Hearst tried to have the film suppressed. Every aspect of the production marked an advance in film language: the deep focus and deeply shadowed cinematography (from Gregg Toland); the discontinuous narrative, relying heavily on flashbacks and newsreel footage (propelled by a script largely written by Herman L. Mankiewicz); the innovative use of sound and score (sound by Bailey Fesler and James G. Stewart, music composed and conducted by Bernard Herrmann); and the ensemble acting forged in the fires of Welles's Mercury Theatre (featuring the film debuts of, among others, Joseph Cotten, Everett Sloane, and Agnes Moorehead). Every moment of the film, every shot, has been choreographed to perfection. The film is essential viewing, quite possibly the greatest film ever made and, along with THE BIRTH OF A NATION, certainly the most influential.


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DVD Features
Full Screen, Mono

DVD Exras
DISC 1: Two full-length audio commentaries (one by moviemaker/Welles biographer Peter Bogdonovich and the other by film critic Roger Ebert); 1941 movie premiere newsreel; Gallery of storyboards; Original theatrical trailer. DISC 2: "The Battle Over Citizen Kane" documentary feature; Interviews with Orson Welles; Rare footage from William Randolph Hearst's San Simeon Estate and Welles' historic "TheWar Of The Worlds" broadcast.

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