Citizen Kane (1941) 4.86/5 (1)


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Rating: The Good – 92.7
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Duration: 119 mins
Director: Orson Welles
Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore

Orson Welles’ astonishing debut sits at the top of many critics’ list of greatest films and it’s not difficult to see why if you bear in mind that nearly everything that Welles tried in the shooting of this picture was new and previously untried. Citizen Kane follows the story of Charles Foster Kane who torn away from his family as a child grows up to be one of the wealthiest and most powerful men in the world. The film pieces together in seamless fashion the clues to explain the dark reaches of this man’s psyche all in an attempt to explain one of cinema’s greatest mysteries, the meaning of his last words. Welles’ acting is simply thunderous as he embodies the essence of ruthless success and there isn’t one member of the supporting cast that lets the side down. However, it’s the technical aspects to this film that make it so very special. Every scene in this film was masterfully conceived from Welles’ use of lighting and camera angles to the editing that knitted them all together. Citizen Kane is nothing short of an explosive celebration of cinematic innovation that more than any film before it or since changed the medium forever.

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