|About an influential and ruthless publishing tycoon shines in a magnificient 60th-anniversary digital transfer with revitalized digital audio.|
"...the best picture, the best actor, it lacks nothing. Newsweek
Editor's NoteCITIZEN 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.
|Orson Welles - Director|
|Gregg Toland - Director of Photography|
|Bernard Herrmann - Musical Score|
|Orson Welles - Producer|
|Herman J. Mankiewicz - Writer|
|Orson Welles - Writer|
|Herman J. Mankiewicz, Orson Welles, Winner, Best Writing, Original Screenplay|
|Orson Welles, Nominee, Best Actor|
|Orson Welles, Nominee, Best Director|
|Orson Welles, Nominee, Best Picture|
|Bernard Herrmann, Nominee, Best Music, Scoring Of A Dramatic Picture|
|"Rosebud."----the dying word of Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles)|
|"I am, have been, and will always be only one thing----an American."----Kane|
|"It'll probably turn out to be a very simple thing."----Mr. Rawlston (Philip Van Zandt), referring to Rosebud|
|"I think it would be fun to run a newspaper!"----Walter Parks Thatcher (George Coulouris)|
|"You provide the prose poems, I'll provide the war."----Kane|
|"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|
|"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)|
The Best Movie Ever2/17/2002
The best movie ever made - no questions about it.
To respond to Louis-Philippe2/6/2002
There is no widescreen version because it was filmed at a 1.33:1 aspect ratio, so what you see on the DVD is what you would have seen in the theater way back in 1941.
No, thank you.11/9/2001
Such a wonderful movie, one of the best I've ever seen... if it's not the best. This DVD is great, but I'm disappointed about the fact that there's no Widescreen version. Good DVD.