Citizen Kane and Orson Welles are, according to director Martin Scorsese, “responsible for inspiring more people to be film directors than anyone else in the history of cinema.”
This classic story of power and the press starring, produced, directed and co-written by then 25-year-old Orson Welles captured nine Academy Award® (1942) nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director, and won for Best Writing and Best Original Screenplay. The American Film Institute (AFI) later chose it as the #1 film of all time.
Welles himself played Charles Foster Kane in a role that spanned the publisher’s life, moving from a boyish, ambitious young man to the embittered recluse he became in later life. Joseph Cotten made an impressive screen debut as Jedidiah Leland, newspaper reporter and Kane’s longtime friend, from whom he had become estranged over the issue of journalistic integrity. Other actors included Everett Sloane, Agnes Moorehead, Ruth Warrick, Paul Stewart and William Alland as the investigative reporter who delves into Kane’s life and his mysterious “Rosebud.”
The legendary Gregg Toland was the film’s cinematographer and Robert Wise, later a two-time Academy Award-winning director, edited the picture.
After remaining out of circulation for many years, in the early 1960s Citizen Kane was selected by a panel of film critics as the greatest film of all time. During the ensuing years, in poll after poll, Citizen Kane has been consistently ranked as the highest embodiment of film art. Said Roger Ebert, “This towering achievement is as fresh, as provoking, as entertaining, as sad, as brilliant, as it ever was. Many agree it is the greatest film of all time.” And one-time dean of American movie reviewers, Pauline Kael, noted, “Citizen Kane is perhaps the one American talking picture that seems as fresh now as the day it opened. It may seem even fresher.”
The Battle over Citizen Kane is a two-hour Oscar®-nominated (1995) documentary that chronicles the titanic struggle between filmmaker Orson Welles and newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, who claimed Citizen Kane was a thinly veiled and slanderous account of his own life. The documentary reveals the fascinating behind-the-scenes story of how Hearst used his formidable power to try to stop production and distribution of the film, and how he ultimately sought to destroy Welles himself.
The 1999 HBO film, RKO 281 (titled for the production number given to Citizen Kane by RKO), won three Emmys® (with 13 nominations), and the Golden Globe® for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (2000). Directed by Benjamin Ross and written by John Logan, this dramatic depiction of the making of Citizen Kane stars Liev Schreiber as Welles, James Cromwell as William Randolph Hearst, Melanie Griffith as Marion Davies, John Malkovich, Roy Scheider and Brenda Blethyn as Louella Parsons.
My comments will be only for the bluray edition of this great movie. It is a fantastic transfer.Published 1 month ago by carl
Amazon had this nice package on sale before Christmas, so I couldn't pass it up. Besides the excellent BR transfer, the booklet contains a set of stills from the film, publicity... Read morePublished 4 months ago by David White
What can I say: one of the best film\s ever made, and a headliner performance. This film was made at a time when there was a cross-over in quality from stage to radio to film. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Maurice A. Rhodes
Great movie, nice to own in BD format, excellent picture and sound!
An all time classic movie to have in the collection
The whole volume presented everything needed to enjoy all the détails concerning the "making of". I appreciated the DVD with the complete story. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Claroben01
The movie itself is worth watching. now with blue-ray it looks way better than SD version. Great cinematography it's worth buying if you like to see details.Published on Jan. 10 2012 by Wenzhong Zhang
This is truly the ULTIMATE collection for Citizen Kane. Any film buff or fan of this picture will truly be entertained by the hours and hours of material and the inserts add... Read morePublished on Nov. 27 2011 by Matt_C