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#150. Citizen Kane

  • Year: 1941
  • Country: USA
  • Production: RKO, 119m B&W
  • Director: Orson Welles
  • Producer: Orson Welles
  • Screenplay: Herman J. Mankiewicz, Orson Welles
  • Photography: Gregg Toland
  • Music: Bernard Herrmann
  • Cast: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton, Everett Sloane, Ray Collins, George Colouris, Agnes Moorehead
  • Oscar Wins: Best Screenplay
  • Oscar Noms: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Art Direction, Best Sound Mixing, Best Score

Abridged Book Description

Since 1962, Sight & Soun d magazine's oft-cited critics' poll of the greatest films ever made has placed Citizen Kane, Orson Welles' remarkable debut film, at the top of the list. By 1998, the American Film Institute called it the greatest movie of all time. It also garnered Best Picture awards from the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review, and won an Oscar for its screenplay... Beyond the ridiculous hype of any single film being "the greatest movie of all time", Citizen Kane is of tremendous interest and importance... The films' narrative complexity, without ever violating Classical Hollywood narrative continuity and causality, is a remarkable tour de force, responsible in large part for critic Pauline Kael's accusation that the film's true genius lay not in the hands of wunderkind Welles, but in those of screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz.