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Welles a writer a director an actor and a producer with a long illustrious career in the motion picture industry and numerous accolades such as the American Film Institutes Lifetime Achievement Award and the Directors Guild of Americas highest honor the DW Griffith Award his name would only come to be synonymous with one film Citizen Kane a masterpiece that many lauded as the best film ever made in the black and white era However at the time of its release the film was a commercial failure championed by critics but hardly causing a stir at the box office Orson Welles was born George Orson Welles His father was a well-to-do inventor and his mother is a gorgeous concert pianist As a child he was talented in many arts for instance magic piano and painting After the death of both his parents he became the ward of Chicagos Dr Maurice Bernstein He worked with John Housman and formed the Mercury Theatre in 1937 In 1938 they produced The Mercury Theatre on the Air famous for its broadcast version of The War of the Worlds A year later he was lured to Hollywood by RKO president George Scharfer and at the age of 24 he got the most profitable motion picture contract and had full financing from RKO Pictures for the movie Citizen Kane Welles was a revered ambitious and bold young man He set out to show the life of William Randolph Hearst who was the publishing magnate at that time as the subject of his movie and that sparked a titanic clash between Welles RKO Pictures and Hearst Citizen Kane not only started Welles directorial career but nearly ended it In Citizen Kane Orson Welles painted Hearst as a young man who will tear his enemy with a fierce joy The movie begins by showing the magnificent images of a forbidden and isolated tower the Xanadu and later its master an influential man
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