What I liked about Citizen Kane is its ambiguity. It felt as if Kane wanted to be an ordinary man while knowing he was in fact an extraordinary man. He never believed in the values that he professed; he seemed uncertain about how to deal with his own material world. At the same time he longed for the affection of the common people.
Accolades for Welles’ First Feature
Orson Welles produced, was co-screenwriter, director and starred in this amazing 1941 American drama film. It received an academy award nomination in nine categories… Citizen Kane received Academy Award nominations in nine categories, an amazing accomplishment for Welles’s first feature film. Citizen Kane won an Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay) by Herman J. Mankiewicz and Welles. Citizen Kane is considered by many critics, filmmakers, and fans like myself to be the greatest film ever made.
This film examines the life and legacy of Charles Foster Kane, played by Welles, a character based in part upon the American newspaper magnates William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer and two Chicago tycoons Samuel Insull and Harold McCormick, and aspects of the screenwriters’ own lives. Upon its release, Hearst prohibited mention of the film in any of his newspapers.
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I think it is sad that this famous newspaper tycoon sacrificed his ideals in order to build his financial empire until ultimately he lost everything he had, his marriage, friends, and his integrity. Though he was the richest man in the world he lived his remaining years isolated in his privately built mountain estate. He has surrounded himself with material pleasures, alone and despairing, one senses that he welcomes death.
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