Citizen Kane

Must-See Cinema! Ranked as one of the best films of all time in every poll ever taken!

Original poster art for Citizen KaneThe source book of Orson Welles, and still a marvellous movie. Thematically less resonant than some of Welles’ later meditations on the nature of power, perhaps, but still absolutely riveting as an investigation of a citizen – newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst by any other name – under suspicion of having soured the American Dream. Its imagery (not forgetting the oppressive ceilings) as Welles delightedly explores his mastery of a new vocabulary, still amazes and delights, from the opening shot of the forbidding gates of Xanadu to the last glimpse of the vanishing Rosebud (tarnished, maybe, but still a potent symbol). A film that gets better with each renewed acquaintance.

– Tom Milne, Time Out Film Guide


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