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Citizen Kane is considered a great American movie It is from 1940 but people could not view it without controversy till 1950 It is typical of American films because it is in English and its production refers to American culture The film industry of the 1930s thrived on a felicitous circle of economic dependence on attendance exhibition and production 226 The movie is pointed at William Randolph Hearst and the printing industry When Hearst learned through gossip of Orson Welles film he set out to protect his reputation by shutting the film down Hollywood executives rallied around Hearst attempting to buy the film in order to burn the negative At the same time Hearsts defenders moved to intimidate exhibitors into refusing to show the movie Threats of blackmail smears in the newspapers and FBI investigations were used in the effort Hearsts movement was successful It would be nearly a quarter of a century before Citizen Kane was revitalized - before Wel les would gain acknowledgment for having created one of cinemas great masterpieces Arthur Knight said Less by imitation than by inspiration Citizen Kane has altered the look not only of American films but of films the world over Formulas for story construction characterization casting dcor music and photography dominated Hollywoods films A key principle in the selection of story material was- and remains-simply that an idea that had worked before would probably work again 228 Films were not seen special individual conceptions but tended to bunch together as types in cycles Citizen Kane broke that tradition The unique techniques structure and parallelism in plot change the way movies have been made in previous times It was confusing and shocking to its audience Every aspect of the production marked an advance in film language the deep-focus deeply shadowed cinematography the discontinuous narrative and the innovative use of sound and score The camera effects add to the dramatic highlights in the movie When extreme close-ups a
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