Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane

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Citizen Kane

Orson Welles' first film, often regarded as the greatest and most influential movie of all time for its innovative use of cinematography, narrative structure and sound. Welles is Charles Foster Kane - a character based on William Randolph Hearst - an isolated, wealthy media mogul who dies uttering the words "Rosebud...". Kane's death is major news and reporter Jerry (William Alland) investigates his life, told via flashbacks, and in particular the meaning behind his last spoken word.

The French New Wave critics were the first to identify Citizen Kane as a major landmark work. Sight & Sound's decennial poll of international critics, that ranks the world's best movies of all time, named it number one five times in a row (from 1962 to 2002). The American Film Institute also named it number one of their 100 best movies (in polls taken in 1998 and 2007).

Best Original Screenplay at the 1942 Academy Awards.
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Total Film

Total Film

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The biggest cinematic landmark since pictures first started moving.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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Is far and away the most surprising and cinematically exciting motion picture to be seen here in many a moon. As a matter of fact, it comes close to being the most sensational film ever made in Hollywood.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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There can hardly be anything left to say about Citizen Kane, now revived on the big screen, other than to comment on sublime moments.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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Probably the most exciting film that has come out of Hollywood for twenty-five years. I am not at all sure that it isn't the most exciting film that ever came out of anywhere.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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It can be classified as, in a number of aspects, one of the most arresting pictures ever produced.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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It remains a gloriously entertaining classic.

5.0
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Total Film

Total Film

press

The biggest cinematic landmark since pictures first started moving.

5.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Is far and away the most surprising and cinematically exciting motion picture to be seen here in many a moon. As a matter of fact, it comes close to being the most sensational film ever made in Hollywood.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

There can hardly be anything left to say about Citizen Kane, now revived on the big screen, other than to comment on sublime moments.

5.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Probably the most exciting film that has come out of Hollywood for twenty-five years. I am not at all sure that it isn't the most exciting film that ever came out of anywhere.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

It can be classified as, in a number of aspects, one of the most arresting pictures ever produced.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

It remains a gloriously entertaining classic.

5.0
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