"Citizen Kane" (1941) | Sam Gall Movie Review Issue #126 Gem Mint 10.0

“Citizen Kane“ (1941)

Director: Orson Welles

Writer: Herman J. Mankiewicz, Orson Welles, John Houseman, Roger Q. Denny, Mollie Kent

Starring: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton, Dorothy Comingore, Ruth Warrick, Agnes Moorehead, Everette Sloane, Ray Collins, William Alland, Gregg Toland

Rated: PG

Runtime: 1h 59min

Genre: Drama, Mystery

Country: United States

Language: English | Italian

Available on: HBO Max & Various VOD platforms

"Following the death of publishing tycoon Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; 'Rosebud'."

You might like this if you like: Orson Welles, Dramas, Mysteries, Film Noir, Joseph Cotton, Dorothy Comingore, Ruth Warrick, Agnes Moorehead, Everette Sloane, Ray Collins, William Alland, Gregg Toland

Orson Welles (left) & Joseph Cotton (right) in "Citizen Kane" (1941)

I know this film is debated among many from being the best to being the most overrated film. I 100% respect it’s historical impact and itself as a film very much so. I don’t think it’s the greatest film ever, but I don’t think it should be brushed aside either. It’s a masterpiece in many ways.

The mastery I find most in is in the imagery. From the lighting to the framing it’s really an eye piece for me to watch unfold. The performances too, and the story ain’t too bad.

Orson Welles in "Citizen Kane" (1941)

The entire opening montage is so great, but what I love even more is the silhouettes arguing about it afterwards! Completely kept in the shadows! It’s absolutely gorgeous.. The cinematography and lighting hold this film together for me. Its sets and costumes are pretty damn magnificent as well. It’s an epic in many ways.

I appreciate the early, even in the 1940s, reminder that success does not mean happiness. Not saying it’s the greatest story to tell this lesson, but I appreciate its place in time and attempt. Once again, I’m taken by the performances, visuals and overall appreciate it for its filmmaking craft.

"Citizen Kane" (1941)

Orson Welles has been a favorite ever since I saw him “The Third Man” (1939) as well as Joseph Cotten. It reminds me a lot of “The Great Gatsby” and “The Aviator” (2004) story. I always love seeing the rise and downfall of a powerful entity!

Dorothy Comingore (left) & Orson Welles (right) in "Citizen Kane" (1941)

There are so many images in this film that will never leave my mind! It’s a classic in my heart and has influenced so many films that I love and adore! Hope new generations can still find the beauty in an old relic like “Citizen Kane” (1941).

Written by Sam Gall on 08/09/21

CGC Grading: Gem Mint 10.0

"It is daring, different, thrilling and revolutionary, a power play of startling brilliance." - Harold V. Cohen, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"I particularly like the structure of the film, especially the use of the news reel footage and the newspaper headlines to move the plot forward." - Sarah Brinks, Battleship Pretension

"The sheer brilliance and audacity of Citizen Kane... make the film the most astounding cinematic achievement of the season. It ranks with Disney's Fantasia as a milestone in motion picture technique." - Marjory Adams, Boston Globe

"Citizen Kane Is a triumph not only for Orson Welles, but for his entire company as well." - Herbert Cohn, Brooklyn Daily Eagle

"Whether the story of Charles Foster Kane is a biography of one man or a composite of many, as Orson Welles claims, matters not so much as the fact that here we have a completely new approach to film biography." - Ruth Lewis, Austin American-Statesman

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