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Citizen Kane An Accurate Portrayal of William Randolph Hearst Many have called Citizen Kane the greatest cinematic achievement of all time It is indeed a true masterpiece of acting screen writing and directing Orson Welles its young genius director lead actor and a co-writer used the best talents and techniques of the day Bordwell 103 to tell the story of a newspaper giant Charles Kane through the eyes of the people who loved and hated him However when it came out it was scorned by Hollywood and viewed only in the private theaters of RKO the producer Nominated for nine Academy Awards it was practically booed off the stage and only won one award that for Best Screenplay which Welles and Herman Mankiewicz shared Mulvey 10 This was all due to the pressure applied by the greatest newspaper man of the time one of the most powerful men in the nation the man Citizen Kane portrayed as a corrupt power monger namely William Randolph Hearst One cannot ignore the striking similarities between Hearst and Kane In order to make clear at the outset exactly what he intended to do Orson Welles included a few details about the young Kane that given
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