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A Fledglings Masterpeice Citizen Kane is widely hailed as the great American film and with good reason From its complex narrative structure to pioneering photography to its incredibly rich use of sound Welles 1941 picture remains one of the most innovative movies ever to come out of a Hollywood studio Even Today Citizen Kane stands out as one of the great films of all time Unfolding almost entirely in flashback Welless masterpiece presents various perspectives on the oversized life of the recently deceased Charles Foster Kane Through the reminiscences of friends family and coworkers the film moves from Kanes childhood to his rambunctious adolescence from the heights of his success to the depths of his isolation All the while there is a search for clues to Kanes mysterious last word Rosebud The puzzling phrase drives the tale but ultimately it is only a means of exploring the films real theme the impossibility of truly understanding any human being In the film Kane Orson Welles who also directed and co-wrote the screenplay is separated from his parents as a child and made heir to an enormous fortune Coming of age he decides to run a newspaper sensationalizing the news and considering himself to be the voice of the people With ambitions beyond publishing he runs for New York Governor and later promotes the singing career of his second wife Susan He also builds Xanadu an extravagant palace that is never finished These various ambitions fail and Kane dies a wealthy but spiritually broken man When William Randolph Hearst multimillionaire and media tycoon got wind of what 25-year-old Orson Welles was creating at RKOs film studio he feared his life was the inspiration for the main character In response Hearst and his newspapers employed all their influence to try and stop Citizen Kanes 1941 release John OHara of Newsweek addresses just this controversy in his review of Citizen Kane He begins by stating that Citizen Kane
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