One of the many remarkable achievements of this all-time great is to define the way we see media moguls. Not just William Randolph Hearst, whose life partly inspired this, but also Murdoch and Maxwell; all are seen through the refracting lens of Welles' fictional creation. Yet Welles (and writer Herman Mankiewicz) also smuggled details of the star's biography into the film and this movie has as much to say about Welles as about its apparent subject ( this is especially true of its portrayal of Kane's relationship with his parents). Pop it in the video again and see if you can remember which scene comes next-- one of the film's great gambits is the way it defies the chronology of time, relying on its emotional chronology to tell the story.
Director: Orson Welles Cast: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten


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