Citizen Kane (70th Anniversary Edition) (Blu-ray Book)

Directed By: Orson Welles Starring: Joseph Cotten Everett Sloane

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Orson Welles' masterwork (#1 in the American Film Institute's list of Best American Movies) dazzles anew in a superb 70th-anniversary digital transfer. It’s grand entertainment, sharply acted (starting many of Welles' Mercury Players on the road to thriving film careers) and directed with inspired visual flair. Chronicling the stormy life of an influential publishing tycoon, this Best Original Screenplay Academy Award winner (1941) is rooted in themes of power, corruption, vanity – the American Dream lost in the mystery of a dying man’s last word: “Rosebud.”


Studio Turner Home Entertainment
SKU 228259673
UPC 883929224289
UPC 14 00883929224289
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 7/23/2013
Rating Rating
Big Business
Character Study
Essential Cinema
Rags To Riches
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note CITIZEN KANE is Orson Welles's greatest achievement--and a landmark of cinema history. The story charts the rise and fall of a newspaper publisher whose wealth and power ultimately isolates him in his castle-like refuge. The film's protagonist, Charles Foster Kane, was based on a composite of Howard Hughes and William Randolph Hearst--so much so that Hearst tried to have the film suppressed. Every aspect of the production marked an advance in film language: the deep focus and deeply shadowed cinematography (from Gregg Toland); the discontinuous narrative, relying heavily on flashbacks and newsreel footage (propelled by a script largely written by Herman L. Mankiewicz); the innovative use of sound and score (sound by Bailey Fesler and James G. Stewart, music composed and conducted by Bernard Herrmann); and the ensemble acting forged in the fires of Welles's Mercury Theatre (featuring the film debuts of, among others, Joseph Cotten, Everett Sloane, and Agnes Moorehead). Every moment of the film, every shot, has been choreographed to perfection. The film is essential viewing, quite possibly the greatest film ever made and, along with THE BIRTH OF A NATION, certainly the most influential.
Plot Summary
Summary CITIZEN KANE is quite simply one of the greatest films ever made. Orson Welles is astounding as both actor and director in this sweeping drama, based largely on the life of newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Rosebud."--the dying word of Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles)
Quote "I am, have been, and will always be only one thing--an American."--Kane
Quote "It'll probably turn out to be a very simple thing."--Mr. Rawlston (Philip Van Zandt), referring to Rosebud
Quote "I think it would be fun to run a newspaper!"--Walter Parks Thatcher (George Coulouris)
Quote "You provide the prose poems, I'll provide the war."--Kane
Quote "I did lose a million dollars last year. I expect to lose a million dollars this year. I expect to lose a million dollars next year. You know, Mr. Thatcher, at the rate of a million dollars a year, I'll have to close this place in...sixty years."--Kane to Thatcher
Quote "I only saw her for one second. She didn't see me at all. But I'll bet a month hasn't gone by since that I haven't thought of that girl."--Mr. Bernstein (Everett Sloane) to Jerry Thompson (William Alland)
Los Angeles Times "...A tour de force of style and an ultimately tragic epic of a quintessentially American captain of industry, it is timelessly brilliant and incisive..." 07/23/1998 p.C18
Chicago Sun-Times "...Its surface is as much fun as any movie ever made. Its depths surpass understanding....CITIZEN KANE is more than a great movie; it is a gathering of all the lessons of the emerging era of sound..." 05/24/1998 p.5
Sight and Sound "...[A] masterpiece....[The film] seems more relevant than ever..." 08/01/2003 p.69
Total Film "...KANE remains a source of fascination and inspiration..." 08/01/2003 p.120
Entertainment Weekly "...Packed with cool effects and a surprise ending unsurpassed even by THE SIXTH SENSE..." 01/11/2002 p.26
Premiere "...It introduced a number of lively, nonlinear storytelling techniques..." 12/01/2003 p.5,"Eerily, it seems to predict the arc of Welles's career, one of great promise eventually betrayed or sold short. Time will never diminish the worth of this movie." 05/01/2006 p.97
New York Times "CITIZEN KANE was a showstopper." 09/16/2011
Orson Welles
Joseph Cotten
Everett Sloane
Cast & Crew
Orson Welles - Star
Louise Currie - Star
Erskine Sanford - Star
Edmund Cobb - Star
Milton Kibbee - Star
Paul Stewart - Star
Gino Corrado - Star
Georgia Backus - Star
Ruth Warrick - Star
Harry Shannon - Star
Edith Evanson - Star
Dorothy Comingore - Star
Benny Rubin - Star
Charles Bennett - Star
Joseph Cotten - Star
Ray Collins - Star
Walter Sande - Star
Everett Sloane - Star
Alan Ladd - Star
William Alland - Star
George Coulouris - Star
Arthur O'Connell - Star
Fortunio Bonanova - Star
Herbert Corthell - Star
Agnes Moorehead - Star
Gus Schilling - Star
Herman J. Mankiewicz - Screenwriter
Mark Robson - Editor
Orson Welles - Screenwriter
Gregg Toland - Director of Photography
Orson Welles - Producer
Van Nest Polglase - Production Designer
Bernard Herrmann - Composer
Edward Stevenson - Costume Designer
Vernon L. Walker - Special Effects
Robert Wise - Editor
Perry Ferguson - Production Designer
Orson Welles - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1941
UPC 00883929224289
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 119 minutes
Color B&W
Name Orson Welles
Award Category Best Original Screenplay
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1941
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Herman J. Mankiewicz
Award Category Best Original Screenplay
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1941
Award Giver Academy Awards
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray

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