Thursday, April 3, 2014

C = Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane
1941
Directed by Orson Welles

Orson Welles as Charles Foster Kane
Dorothy Comingore as Susan Alexander

Eveybody’s talking about Citizen Kane. It was true in 1941 and still true among film lovers today. The remarkable film was innovative and a show piece for the then new director Orson Welles.

Citizen Kane tells the tale of a media mogul’s life.  At the time, William Randolph Hearst was the largest newspaper magnate. He was so offended by the references and similarities to the Kane character that he prohibited mention of the film in any of his papers. 

Today, one could use the name Rupert Murdock and tell a similar tale.

More about Citizen Kane 
Orson Welles http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orson_Welles

Dorothy Comingore http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothy_Comingore



6 comments:

Tony Laplume said...

It made and broke Orson Welles' career at the same time. Hollywood ended up putting him on a quasi-blacklist thanks to Hearst's reaction. Why would you do that to an obvious cinematic genius?

Susan Kane said...

Hearst had incredible power in many media. Hearst was so offended by the close resemblance. thin skin.

We visited Hearst castle years ago. The man was obsessive.

loverofwords said...

Every time you see CK, you see new things, camera angles especially.

Joanne said...

It's a classic and yet I don't think I've watched the whole thing. Just "Rosebud"

lizblackmore said...

This is a classic for sure. Good choice!
Just dropping in from the A to Z Challenge.Good luck on the posts for this challenge. I can't wait to see some of your other choices.

Kate OMara said...

Thanks for commenting! I stopped by your blogs too! A to Z