Orson Welles makes his feature-length directorial debut with this classic drama which often tops critics' polls of the best films of all time. In 1940, newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane (Welles) dies after uttering the word 'Rosebud'. An anonymous reporter (William Alland) is assigned the task of uncovering the meaning of Kane's dying word, and in the course of his enquiries he receives varying accounts of his life from former colleagues Jedediah Leland (Joseph Cotten) and Bernstein (Everett Sloan), and ex-wife Susan Alexander (Dorothy Comingore). The film, which Welles also produced and co-wrote, was not-so-loosely based on the life of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst.
Citizen Kane is the most highly rated film by reviewers/critics ever. For a film made in 1941 it certainly stands against the course of time. A good film but I suspect its appeal is limited and I am slightly surprised to be the first viewer reviewer. It is a thinly veiled biography of a newspaper tycoon that got Wells into some trouble. Ahead of its time but that was 75 years ago. A must see classic for all film buffs.
Wonderful film but a dreadful blu-ray version. It would appear that there has been no restoration of the original print and the transfer was poorly achieved. There is a constant ghosting of light, and many parts of the film have lines and blemishes. I understand that there is a much better blue ray version of this film and would suggest that cinemoparadiso invest in that and withdraw this version.