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Citizen Kane


Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Ray Collins View All


Orson Welles (Screenplay), Orson Welles (Director), John Houseman (Writer), Herman J. Mankiewicz (Screenplay) View All

Release: Apr. 30th, 1941
Runtime: 1 hour, 59 minutes
Newspaper magnate, Charles Foster Kane is taken from his mother as a boy and made the ward of a rich industrialist. As a result, every well-meaning, tyrannical or self-destructive move he makes for the rest of his life appears in some way to be a reaction to that deeply wounding event.
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mark f
After the newsreel ends, the director seems to want to find a hook into Kane's life and focuses on the great man's final word Rosebud to try to find out what made him tick.
The film opens with an authentic looking newsreel centered on the death of one Charles Foster Kane, an enigmatic and newspaper publisher and politician, which has moved several members of the media to find out who the real Charles Kane was.
The first 10 minutes of this movie are continuous annoying half-hearted radio presenter speak of the fictional newspaper article announcing Kane's death, and as though the summary of his life wasn't exciting enough, there's another 180 minutes serving to essentially repeat whatever this movie though....


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