Classic Film Guide

Citizen Kane (1941)

Orson Welles's masterpiece film is somewhat of an unauthorized biography of publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst (but don't believe how he portrays Marion Davies's character!), including his politics. It stars Welles in the title role, Dorothy Comingore, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead, Ruth Warrick, Ray Collins, Everett Sloane, George Coulouris, and Paul Stewart (among others). Herman J. Mankiewicz and Welles shared the Original Screenplay Writing Academy Award. Welles the actor, the director (his feature film debut), and the producer (Best Picture) was also Oscar nominated as was Gregg Toland's memorable B&W Cinematography and Robert Wise's Editing. Added to the National Film Registry in 1989. #1 on AFI's 100 Greatest Movies list. "Rosebud." is #17 on AFI's 100 Greatest Movie Quotes list.

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