Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane

DVD - 2001?
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Feature film: An all-powerful press magnate, Kane, dies in his fabulous castle Xanadu, his last word being "Rosebud", which leads a reporter to seek the meaning behind the word and find the meaning of Kane. Prominant publisher, William Randolph Hearst, saw the film as a thinly disguised version of his career and attempted to suppress it.
Documentary: Looks at the lives and careers of Orson Welles and William Randolph Hearst, and how Hearst tried to surpress the film Citizen Kane and destroy Welles.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Warner Home Video, [2001?]
Edition: Two-disc special edition full screen version
ISBN: 9780780635203
0780635205
Branch Call Number: 7.914 Ci
Description: 2 videodiscs (232 min.) : sound, black and white ; color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: MPAA rating: Not rated

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Dec 02, 2017

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.

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tinybookworm
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.

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DanielleH_0
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.

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Libraryman1_0
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.

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Monolith
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.

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GerryD
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.

THUD55 May 03, 2013

I enjoyed the extras to this disk set. I did not know about the fighting and uproar this movie cause and how young Orson was when he did this movie. Now I am not surprised that he didn't win best picture in 1941. before I saw the extras I always wondered why the movie did not win since it is considered one of the best movies of all time.

Two dvds. Quite a lot of content for seven days and quite a lot to get through, this time I skipped much of the special features.

I watched the movie and found it intriguing the way it started out with visuals at first (later it ended with similar visuals). How Kane came to leave his family seemed far fetched to my way of thinking but considering the times it was set in, perhaps it was something that happened?

As Kane moves on through his career and life (career seemingly before his married and social life) he becomes something of a sympathetic figure at least for his imagined, if not realistic, stance for the poor and marginalized.

His accusing friend came off as quite the awful person too.

Kane's slow slide into solitude is saddening.

This is a great film which also includes "The American Experience" comparison investigation of Orson Welles and his adversary Hearst (the newspaper publisher/owner).

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paul1
Mar 25, 2017

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

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Monolith
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..."

blahblahman75947efdjkf Sep 13, 2011

Rosebud......

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DanielleH_0
Jun 24, 2015

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

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