Intermission Film Series is opening the 2019 program with a film requested by the audience:Orson Welles’s 1941 classic:
Reviewed and analysed countless times, here are a few examples from over the years since 1941 when it premiered.
“This Orson Welles film is generally considered the greatest American film of the sound period, and it may be more fun than any other great movie.”
“The cinematography in this film has never been bettered.”
“Its surface is as much fun as any movie ever made. Its depths surpass understanding. I have analyzed it a shot at a time with more than 30 groups, and together we have seen, I believe, pretty much everything that is there on the screen. The more clearly I can see its physical manifestation, the more I am stirred by its mystery.”
Citizen Kane is a 1941 Americandrama film by Orson Wells, its producer, co-screenwriter, director and star. The picture was Welles'sfirst feature film. Nominated forAcademy Awards in nine categories, it won anAcademy Award for Best Writing Screen by Herman J. Mankiewicz and Welles. Considered by many critics, filmmakers, and fans to be thegreatest film ever made, Citizen Kane was voted as such in five consecutive British Film Institute, and it topped theAmerican Film Institute’s 100 years …100 Movies list in 1998,
Thefilm examines the life and legacy ofCharles Foster Kane, played by Welles.
Kane's career in the publishing world is born of idealistic social service, but gradually evolves into a ruthless pursuit of power. The character was based in part upon the American newspaper magnatesWilliam Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer, Chicago tycoonsSamuel Insull andHarold McCormick, and aspects of the screenwriters' own lives.
Narrated principally throughflashbacks, the story is told through the research of anewsreel reporter seeking to solve the mystery of the newspaper magnate's dying word: "Rosebud".
Upon its release, Hearst prohibited mention of the film in any of his newspapers.