Citizen Kane (1941 Version)

Citizen Kane (1941 Version)

DVD - 2016
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Alone at his fantastic estate known as Xanadu, 70-year-old Charles Foster Kane dies, uttering only the single word Rosebud. So ends the odyssey of a life, and begins a fabulous tale of the rise to wealth and power, and ultimate fall, of a complex man.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2016]
Edition: Standard version.
Copyright Date: ©1941
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE DRAMA
Characteristics: DVD video
video file,region 1
4 3/4 in.,stamping
1 videodisc (119 minutes) : sound, black & white ; 4 3/4 in.


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Mar 09, 2018


Mar 01, 2018

A scandalous box office flop upon its initial release, co-writer/director Orson Welles’ signature opus is now considered one of the benchmarks in modern American cinema launching the careers of such stars as Agnes Moorehead and Joseph Cotten. If the story is simple enough—mega-billionaire Charles Foster Kane (Welles libelling William Randolph Hearst) spends his entire life amassing material possessions only to make a deathbed discovery that the one thing he truly desired was never for sale—its execution is pure cinema magic. Deep focus techniques render backgrounds and foregrounds with crystal clarity, cameras seem to melt through ceilings and table tops, and B&W matte paintings give Xanadu, Kane’s gaudy Florida estate, the aura of a haunted house. Told in post mortem flashbacks as a roving reporter interviews everyone from Kane's best friend to his business associates, butlers, and a drunken ex-wife (Dorothy Comingore libelling Hearst’s mistress Marion Davies), all of whom offer a different glimpse into the man behind the legend. Big, brash, and unapologetic—much like its creator—and impressively filmed even if the cinematography does occasionally resort to flashy gimmicks and that much anticipated final reveal proves something of a let-down. An interesting pop-psychology foray into what makes a megalomaniac tick (Kane’s brush with politics seems frighteningly contemporary) and the fact that Welles was only twenty-five years old at the time is almost unbelievable.

It was screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz's loathing and hatred of both William Randolph Hearst & Marion Davies (fuelled by Orson Welles) that brought Citizen Kane to the silver screen.

Though it was a very thinly disguised story about Hearst and Davies, this film's underlying viciousness hit so far below the belt that, not only did it portray Hearst as being a pathetic, lonely, ego-centric hoarder and Davies as a nagging, gold-digging, no-talent singer/actress, but it also revealed to the whole world the word "Rosebud".

"Rosebud", which was the final word uttered by Charles Foster Kane, on his death-bed, wasn't (in reality) the name of a wooden sleigh that he had cherished so much as a child. No. "Rosebud" was actually, in reality, Hearst's pet-name for his mistress's (Marion Davies) clitoris. (It's true. Look it up.)

And, of course, the biggest problem with Citizen Kane was that its whole story was literally based on this one, single word "Rosebud".

With most people (back in 1941, and even now) not knowing the real meaning behind this word (it was a Hollywood in-joke), the viewer is forced to have to endure hearing it being spoken umpteen times throughout the course of this 2-hour picture.

Since I am hip (and, so now, you are, too) that "Rosebud" really meant Davies' clitoris, I can't begin to tell you how tired I got of hearing that word being spoken by actors who were obviously doing a very good job of concealing their smirks whenever they were required to repeat it.

Knowing the truth about the meaning behind "Rosebud", I think that it truly renders Citizen Kane as being one of the nastiest, most vile "revenge-movies" ever made against 2 very real people (who were both still living at the time) that I've ever seen.

I can't think of another movie out there that goes so out of its way to make such a sneering mockery of two people (in this case Hearst & Davies). Its 2 screenwriters (Mankiewicz & Welles) and its director (Welles again) clearly showed how much deep-rooted contempt they had for these 2 people, whom they only slightly knew.

Mar 01, 2016

I decided to watch this movie because it is such a famous classic movie and now I see why. It is a really smart interesting story. Orson Welles is amazing in it.

Jun 24, 2015

Alright movie, not my taste, but Kane was a really horrible man.

Chapel_Hill_SarahW Nov 16, 2014

This was the first film I watched in the first of many film classes. It tops the AFI's top 100 movies for lots of reasons: great cinematography, iconic imagery, legendary performance. It's a prime example of what a Hollywood auteur can achieve. You have to watch it so you can finally get all the pop culture references you've been missing.

May 06, 2014

Touted by the AFI (American FIlm Institute) to be the single greatest American Movie of all time, Citizen Kane spares nothing in the way of it's grand scale epicness. This was the role that defined Orson Welles as a major force in cinema, and this movie is a testiment to his filmmaking genius. From the gloominess of the opening shot of Kane's mansion on a fog swept hillside to the conclusion where you discover what the last word of Kane which was ROSEBUD means. Allegedly, this film was a loosely based biography of famed newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, and met with major controversy as Hearst had the film blacklisted and blocked from release in several theatres across the U.S. As time has passed though this picture continues to endure and is as thought provoking and classic in nature as it was at the time of it's release 1943.

Aug 24, 2013

A grand, innovative, brilliant film. What an incredibly gifted and talented human being was Orson Welles to have co-written, directed, produced, edited, and starred in such a spectacular epic as this... AT 24 YEARS OLD. Very interesting commentary by Peter Bogdanovich and Roger Ebert on Welles' creative cinematography concepts such as 'deep focus', 'cut-less' sequences, etc. *** A return viewing, and the companion disk's 1996 PBS feature, "The Battle Over Citizen Kane" included in this newer release is not to be missed by those fond of this jewel. I'm amazed at the audacity of Welles with his blatant satirical depiction of Hearst, a man with more money than God, who could've easily made Orson "disappear". Welles was a young man, feeling bulletproof; and he gambled, and was cut off at the knees after locking horns with old powerful money. How sad that the man never got his due recognition in the twilight of his life. FIVE STARS.

Jun 19, 2013

Considered one of the Top 10 classic movies (arguably #1). See my GerryD Lists for other classic movies.

barbieoh Jun 03, 2013

Spoiling the Spoiler Alert; First, Gregg Toland deserves a lot of the acclaim this movie gets. The cinematography is stunning. The manner is which the story is relayed was quite unique at the time. But there is no real explanation for the transition from idealist to stingy old man save perhaps power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. How ironic then is it that the guy the film was about shot it down using his power to intimidate. P. S. Rosebud was Hearst's pet name for his amours privates. Herman J. Mankiewicz, who reportedly had more to do with the script than Welles, was a confidant, and this was his way of ticking Hearst off. At least that's what I picked up in Film 101.

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Mar 25, 2017

"I think it would be fun to run a newspaper."

Sep 11, 2013

Female reporter: "If you could've found out what 'Rosebud' meant, I bet that would've explained everything." Thompson: "No, I don't think so... no. Mr. Kane was a man who got everything he wanted and then lost it. Maybe 'Rosebud' was something he couldn't get, or something he lost. Anyway, it wouldn't have explained anything... I don't think any word can explain a man's life. No, I guess 'Rosebud' is just a... piece in a jigsaw puzzle... a missing piece..."

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Jun 24, 2015

The Story of Mr. Charles Foster Kane's life.


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