PG | | Drama, Mystery
Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance.
Orson Welles actually knew William Randolph Hearst and his mistress, Marion Davies, the two figures that Citizen Kane (1941) essentially lampoons. Both co-writer Herman J. Mankiewicz and cinematographer Gregg Toland had been ejected from one of Hearst's famous parties at his elaborate homestead San Simeon for excessive drinking.
Charles Foster Kane:
The first time we see the backstage preparations before Susan sings, the shadow of the curtain rising has a completely straight bottom edge. The second time we see this scenario, this time from behind Susan, as the curtain rises, the bottom of the curtain is adorned with a series of prominent curves.
In a very rare move the director's credit is shown on the same card as the cinematographer's. This was Orson Welles's personal decision to show his thanks to cinematographer Toland for his enormous contributions to the film, meaning equal rights.
$216,239 (USA) (5 May 1991)