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Film Series : Orson Welles: The Other Side of the Argument

Citizen Kane

1941, Orson Welles, USA, 119 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jan 25th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Jan 25th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Jan 29th 6:00pm

Hot off his meteoric ascent as the "Boy Wonder" of theater ("Voodoo Macbeth") and radio ("The War of the Worlds"), Welles took Hollywood by storm with this prismatic portrait of a newspaper tycoon loosely modeled on William Randolph Hearst and bearing certain resemblances to Welles himself. Daringly innovative in its use of deep-focus cinematography, narrative structure, and multilayered soundtrack, CITIZEN KANE remains the most sensational debut in film history. Whether it is the greatest film of all time, or even Welles' greatest film, is a perpetual topic of discussion, but one thing is certain: Welles would never again enjoy such ideal production conditions, unhindered by studio interference or financial constraints. 35mm. (MR)

The Tuesday screening will include a lecture/discussion by renowned critic and Welles authority Jonathan Rosenbaum.

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