Citizen Kane

Directed By: Orson Welles Starring: Joseph Cotten Everett Sloane

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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.

-Louis-Philippe quote

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.

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No, thank you.

by Louis-Philippe on 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. Read More

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by Lord Pachelbel on 2/6/2002

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Product Overview

About an influential and ruthless publishing tycoon shines in a magnificient 60th-anniversary digital transfer with revitalized digital audio.

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 40157598
UPC 053939656527
UPC 14 00053939656527
Format DVD
Release Date 2/4/2003
Rating Rating
Sales Rank 3361
Keywords
Achievers
Big Business
Character Study
Classic
Essential Cinema
Politics
Rags To Riches
Recommended
Reporters
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)
Reviews
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
Directors
Orson Welles
Actors
Joseph Cotten
Everett Sloane
Cast & Crew
Agnes Moorehead - Actor
Joseph Cotten - Actor
Orson Welles - Actor
Everett Sloane - Actor
Orson Welles - Director
Gregg Toland - Director of Photography
Bernard Herrmann - Musical Score
Orson Welles - Producer
Herman J. Mankiewicz - Writer
Orson Welles - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1941
Catalog ID 6565
UPC 00053939656527
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 119 minutes
Color B&W
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
1.33:1 [4:3]
Awards
Oscar (1942) 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
Reviews
ReviewSource San Francisco Examiner
Review Citizen Kane...has the best of everything: a great director and star, innovative cinematography, dreamlike--even nightmarish--art direction, a sonorous musical score, a skillful screenplay...a psychological/narrative form that predates our contemporary "psycho-histories" by at least 40 years, and best of all, a memorial word that, when spoken, recalls the film out of thin air...
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Bob Stephens
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review It is one of the miracles of cinema that in 1941 a first-time director, a cynical, hard-drinking writer, an innovative cinematographer, and a group of New York stage and radio actors were given the keys to a studio and total control, and made a masterpiece. Citizen Kane is more than a great movie; it is a gathering of all the lessons of the emerging era of sound...
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Features
DVD, Special Edition, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Welles,Orson
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Time Magazine ...the most sensational product of the U.S. movie industry.
Newsweek ...the best picture, the best actor, it lacks nothing.

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