Citizen Kane
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Orson Welles first feature film -- which he directed, produced, and co-wrote, as well as playing the title role -- proved to be his most important and influential work, a ground-breaking drama loosely based on the life of William Randolph Hearst which is frequently cited as the finest American film ever made. Aging newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles) dies in his sprawling Florida estate after uttering a single, enigmatic final word -- "Rosebud" -- and newsreel producer Rawlston (Phil Van Zandt) sends reporter Jerry Thompson (William Alland) out with the assignment of… More

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"It can be classified as, in a number of aspects, one of the most arresting pictures ever produced."
‑ Edwin Schallert, Los Angeles Times
"It is a work of art created by grown people for grown people."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Perhaps when the uproar has died down it will be discovered that the film is not quite so good as it is considered now, but nevertheless Hollywood will for a long time be in debt to Mr. Welles."
‑ Anthony Bower, The Nation
"Above all, Welles was a showman and Citizen Kane is a three ring circus of cinematic ingenuity..."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"Citizen Kane has been cited as the greatest film ever made from so many different quarters, it's a wonder that a Congressional law hasn't been passed making it required viewing for anyone who claims they like movies."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"An ecstasy of light and shadow, of clashing textures and graphic forms, such as hadn't been seen since the silent era."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"Welles has found the screen as effective for his unique showmanship as radio and the theatre."
‑ John C. Flinn Sr., Variety
"Welles's deeply haunting depiction of the life of William Randolph Hearst has long been synonymous with the director's spectacularly odd and genuinely tragic career."
‑ Chris Cabin, Slant Magazine
"Citizen Kane may very well be the most talked-about movie in history."
‑ Richard T. Jameson, Parallax View
"Classic should be required for any movie lover."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Many of the novel techniques Welles developed with cinematographer Gregg Toland were calculated to offer new angles on film space."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out
"It is still the best place I know of to start thinking about Welles -- or for that matter about movies in general."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"One of the best films out there, and certainly a high point in early cinema. The love for Citizen Kane is deserved."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"Orson Welles' epic film, his stunning feature debut from 1941, is an enduring masterpiece that was underestimated at the time of its release due to political reasons."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Citizen Kane is not only an entertaining film, but it is also a deeply heartfelt, though provoking, and intelligent one as well. Like a fine wine it has aged well over the last 60 odd years."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
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