Orson Welles' Citizen Kane

DVD - 2011
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Orson Welles' Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane: Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. The battle over Citizen Kane: American experience documentary about the making of Citizen Kane and Orson Welles estate. RKO 281: Orson Welles produces his greatest film, Citizen Kane, despite the opposition of the film's de facto subject, William Randolph Hearst.

Publisher: [Burbank, Calif.] : Warner Home Video, [2011]
Edition: 70th anniversary ed. 3-disc ultimate collector's ed.
ISBN: 9780780674950
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (315 min.) :,sd., b&w, col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Nov 16, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_SarahW rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Oct 10, 2014

For years I heard that this was a great movie, one of a kind. When I finally watched it, I was surprised to discover that the theme was one that I had seen many times in religious novels. Perhaps the fame of the movie is partially a result of its appeal to a secular audience. The performances are certainly powerful and the message of "money without love is useless" comes through loud and clear.

Sep 18, 2014
  • 22950006357453 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

kane was alone when he whispered rosebud. how did they find out about it?

May 09, 2014
  • garycornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A Five Star Masterpiece is how I feel about "Citizen Kane". Orson Wells and his "Mercury Players" are all great, especially Joseph Cotten. If you have missed this movie, then you are missing one of the Best Classsic Movies of All Time!

May 06, 2014
  • Libraryman1_0 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Sep 12, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 05, 2013

I am looking to reserve Volume 1

Jun 26, 2013
  • AGuyInAHat rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

What can a lowly critic like myself possibly bring to a film like this? It's a masterpiece in every possible respect. Gothic angles illustrate beautifully the savage world Charles Foster Kane creates for himself, destroying his socialistic ideals in favor for shallow opulence and officious greed. The cinematograhy by Gregg Toland offers layers upon layers to an already perfectly established setting, leading performances by Orson Welles, Agnes Moorehead, Joseph Cotton, Everett Sloan and Roy Collins skillfully adds dimension to a perfect screenplay. Greatest film of all time? Personally speaking I can think of other films I adore more than Kane, but whatever acclaim is piled upon it is well deserved. An honest to god masterpiece.

Jun 19, 2013
  • GerryD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

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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Sep 11, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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..."

Sep 13, 2011
  • blahblahman75947efdjkf rated this: 5 stars out of 5.



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