There was some concern when the first press releases about the Ulimate Collectors Edition of Citizen Kane came out and the Ebert commentary wasn't included, but the good news is, it's here. In fact there are very few films which hold up so brilliantly to revisiting, and Kane tends to reveal new details virtually every time it's watched. Charles Foster Kane is a classic case of a man searching for love and losing everything in his misguided efforts to find it. This is a companion to Citizen Kane - the film that was designed to shock Kenneth Tynan - one of the best-known movies in the history of Hollywood. Both of these commentaries are quite good, though Bogdanovich's can come off as a bit too self-congratulatory at times, given his long personal relationship with Welles. I have analyzed it a shot at a time with more than 30 groups, and together we have seen, I believe, pretty much everything that is there on the screen.
Her account is followed by the original screenplay, illustrated with over 40 stills and frame enlargements, together with notes on the difference between the script and the final film. Especially when one considers the fact that it came along in 1941, the absolute apex of traditional narrative form in Hollywood, if not elsewhere. Kane orates silently into a radio microphone in front of a congratulatory, applauding crowd. It has been speculated that everything in the film was the dying man's dream -- and the burning of Rosebud in the film's climax was Kane's last conscious thought before death. Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance. The fairy-tale castle is situated on a man-made mountain - it is obviously the estate of a wealthy man. One of Hollywood's most famous behind-the-scenes battles occurred over the making of the film, when William Randolph Hearst banned coverage of the film in his newspapers, and tried to curtail its success.
After he signs the papers of his surrender, he turns and walks into the back of the shot. Narrator: Its humble beginnings in this ramshackle building, a dying daily. George Orson Welles, best known as Orson Welles, was an American film director, actor, theatre director, screenwriter, and producer, who worked extensively in film, theatre, television and radio. . But what amazing detail and what a refreshing lack of compression artifacts.
Thatcher refuses to answer a Congressman's question accompanied with laughter and confusion about whether the boy personally attacked him after striking him in the stomach with a sled. Two of each, the biggest private zoo since Noah. Arriving in Hollywood at age 25, Welles brought a subtle knowledge of sound and dialogue along with him; on his Mercury Theater of the Air, he'd experimented with audio styles more lithe and suggestive than those usually heard in the movies. Pay attention for example to the superb use of overwhelming reverb as reporter Thompson wanders into the cavernous site of the Thatcher Archives. He meets with five different people who were important in Kane's life -- from the man who raised Kane to his second wife -- to try to understand the small mystery of Kane's last word and the larger mystery of the man who was capable of both integrity and corruption, and who seemed to have no sense of peace or happiness. Highly regarded as the true peak of its medium.
Another title card: 1895 to 1941 All of these years he covered, many of these he was. Wells's novel The War of the Worlds performed for the radio drama anthology series Mercury Theatre on the Air. Reporter: How did you find business conditions in Europe? So ends the odyssey of a life. Though Kane's friend and colleague Jedediah Leland Joseph When a reporter is assigned to decipher newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane's Orson Welles dying words, his investigation gradually reveals the fascinating portrait of a complex man who rose from obscurity to staggering heights. It was part of the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival.
At the center of the ceremony as he lays a cornerstone, but without his customary power, he is surrounded by workmen swinging hooks and cables around him. This fascinating story unfolds through the eyes of the people important to the tycoon—each showing a different aspect of Citizen Kane. For his cast Welles assembled his New York colleagues, including as Jed Leland, the hero's best friend; Dorothy Comingore as Susan Alexander, the young woman Kane thought he could make into an opera star; Everett Sloane as Mr. For more about Citizen Kane and the Citizen Kane Blu-ray release, see published by Jeffrey Kauffman on September 2, 2011 where this Blu-ray release scored 5. Kane never gets to tell his own life story, and we must wonder how much his telling of it would differ from the reminiscences of his associates. Nothing can seemingly dim the fierce, brilliant light of Citizen Kane, and a whole new audience is now set to remember their first time with Charles Foster and his cohorts as one of the giant icons of the Golden Age of Hollywood finally debuts on Blu-ray. A brief overview of Welles and the film is also included.
There's some persistent distortion in the upper midrange that is especially noticeable early in the film, including the opening cues of Bernard Herrmann's iconic score, and, later, in Susan Alexander Kane's first appearance. If this tells us anything, it should tell us that lead poisoning has had a much more baleful influence upon our civilization than previously assumed. Another explanatory title card: In Xanadu last week was held 1941's biggest strangest funeral. My 1,000th film marked on this site ever since I joined, now over a year ago. So there is a regret and nostalgia for leaders like Citizen Kane, despite his many failures and weaknesses- he had a different stature and he had values. The film begins with a news reel detailing Kane's life for the masses, and then from there, we are shown flashbacks from Kane's life. Kane's boarding house in Colorado, when he was asked to raise the young boy.
In a blackmailing attempt, the governor in office informs the wife about something happening at the address of the singer and they all meet there, for Charles Kane to be confronted with two bad options: - Either he withdraws from the political race or - All the newspapers with the exception of the Inquirer which he owns will publish the story of his infidelity Bravely, Charles Kane refuses to be blackmailed and decides to refuse his wife, who has insisted that he needs to abandon the race. With no disrespect intended to our generally very knowledgeable readership here at Blu-ray. A dissolve fades to darkness. Mankiewicz original screenplay , Orson Welles original screenplay , Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore The camera work and the visual presentation is magnificent with the ending over head scenes of the treasures. Director: Orson Welles Writers: Herman J. A man always seems the same size to himself, because he does not stand where we stand to look at him. Bernstein, if I hadn't been very rich, I might have been a really great man.
No sex scenes or foul language is what makes it a masterpiece! First of all: that title. Alone at his fantastic estate known as Xanadu, 70-year-old Charles Foster Kane dies, uttering only the single word Rosebud. Hearst was Ted Turner, Rupert Murdoch and Bill Gates rolled up into an enigma. Kane smugly : I've talked with the responsible leaders of the Great Powers - England, France, Germany, and Italy - they're too intelligent to embark on a project which would mean the end of civilization as we now know it. Everyone said it was dated, but still a must-watch. More importantly, the innovative, bold film is an acknowledged milestone in the development of cinematic technique, although it 'shared' some of its techniques from Hitchcock's and other earlier films.
By contrast, the real-life Hearst was born into wealth, whereas Kane was of humble birth - the son of poor boarding-house proprietors. No wonder our youth is being betrayed and cheated out of a decent future. He viewed Kane through a distant, mature lens of acquisition and conservatism. As incredible as the most visceral elements of Kane are—the fractured multi-character perspectives, the narrative ping-ponging, the astounding deep focus and oddly skewed camerawork of Toland—there are a number of perhaps more subtle contributions that Welles made to the art of film which are just as effective but sometimes less noticed. But for a brief, shining moment, Orson Welles was the Golden Boy of Hollywood, and Citizen Kane is a triumph of almost unimaginable proportions, one which rightfully rests high atop its own mountaintop fortress, immune from the ravages of time and reassessment. Pages: Background The fresh, sophisticated, and classic masterpiece, Citizen Kane 1941 , is probably the world's most famous and highly-rated film, with its many remarkable scenes and performances, cinematic and narrative techniques and experimental innovations in photography, editing, and sound.