Citizen Kane (1941) – I was first introduced to the Academy Award-winning film in my Communications class in high school. I had always been a fan of old, black and white films, and I was one of only a few students excited to watch it! I had of known Orson Welles and was very excited to experience this outstanding motion picture.
Citizen Kane deals with a variety of things. It is crafted by a series of remembrances and flashbacks. The story drags you in right from the very beginning to introduce a dynamic man in his world of power. The film is loosely based on the life of William Randolph Hearst. The film is centered around a group of reporters investigating the origin of the dying newspaper tycoon, Charles Foster Kane’s last word: Rosebud. The movie begins with an unforgettable newsreel montage summarizing the man’s life. It is a remarkable statement for the wide range of time periods that it covers. Citizen Kane is the American cinema. Today there is not a major director who has not been influenced by the mind-blowing debut production by the great, Orson Welles.
With the flashbacks within the chaotic world of Charles Foster Kane, we slowly learn everything about the life of Kane–his depressing childhood, rise to power, his martial issues, and decline of success. Citizen Kane, undeniably, is triumphant in the world of American cinema, and one of the greatest films ever created.