Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane

Orson Welles

Genre: Drama
Released: 1941-05-01
Rated: PG
Length: 1h 59min
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From 1,842 Ratings

1940. Alone at his fantastic estate known as Xanadu, 70-year-old Charles Foster Kane dies, uttering only the single word Rosebud. So ends the odyssey of a life ... and begins a fabulous tale of the rise to wealth and power--and ultimate fall--of a complex man: A boy abandoned by his parents inherits a fortune, builds a global newspaper empire and aspires to become President of the United States, but he loses everything over an affair with an untalented nightclub singer. This fascinating story unfolds through the eyes of the people important to the tycoon—each showing a different aspect of Citizen Kane. Frequently regarded as the best American film ever made; winner of an Academy Award® for Best Writing, Original Screenplay; and nominated for an additional eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor.

  • Absolute must have for collection!

    By Kohoman
    To anyone that enjoys the meaning of a “back story”, this move and the back story of the Hearst family and Hearst Castle...this is a must have in your collection. It can be enjoyed and rewatched over and over!

  • Actually Quite Amazing

    By MTM.MAN
    Changed (Updated my review after watching the Bogdanavich explanation in iTunes extra & seeing what amazing things that Wells accomplished in production of this film. Maybe the actual story could have been a bit more detailed and thorough, but it was still very good & an amazing produciton. Also, when these Directors/others do these 'talk alongs' I wish that they could pause the movie or not talk as much so you can also watch the movie as you listen to them. ****. I could see how many might rave about the visual effects & the scene techniques and other aspects of the film but it does not draw me in and make me love the picture like Rear Window or Third Man(was great to me), or other fine films of that era that I have purchased lately. I remember renting this years ago & I cut it off early on, because(spoiler) - the early big news of Charles Kane's death drags on & on so much that it is nearly ad nauseam. When they get to the story and flash backs that is when the story gets very interesting, but I wish it had just stuck to only one or 2 flashbacks. It almost felt like the Ghost of Christmas Past or something similar. The story is quite dramatic and interesting but much more sad than happy, in fact a tradegy that many can relate. Funny that I watched this yesterday, on a day where some mega rich person(must be) paid a whopping $450 million! for a DaVinci portrait of Jesus Christ; you think when that dude gets to Heaven, that even Jesus might laugh at him? Better off with the money or giving it to the poor!

  • TMZ

    By MRPenn46
    Citizen Kane is a cinematic version of 1941 TMZ. The entire movie is a bunch of news hounds trying to figure out the meaning of the last words of Charles Foster Kane, a reclusive newspaper tycoon. From a story point of view it's TMZ trash. From a cinematogprahic point of view it's ground braking for it's time.

  • Greatest

    By pblCkjack
    This one stands the test of time. Great innovation, interesting story, very intriguing. It's a good one in 1940 and 2040.

  • Highly Overrated

    By Cardboard_Bender
    Rosebud is a dumb sled, big deal. Would not make 15% RT rating by tadays standards. It wasn't even filmed in digital 6k redcode raw so any transfer is inferior.

  • Rosebud?

    By LeighHess
    You may THINK you know the 'meaning' of "Rosebud," but do you know what is the purported 'real' reason why, of all the words in the English language, Welles chose that particular word as the crux of this classic story? If you do, you'll know the intriguing, and perhaps real historical meaning of 'Rosebud.'

  • This is for the extras

    By thecolourinbetween
    Please note that although the film is undoubtedly excellent the claim that the extras are complete for this edition is somewhat misleading. In doing so it invites direct comparison with it's Blu-Ray edition which further includes two feature length documentaries. What's left are two commentaries and a fluttering of very short featurettes. I call upon iTunes to enable us to view what the entirety of the extras are prior to purchase and to put increasing pressure on the distributors to make their digital releases match their physical in terms of content and quality.

  • The Greatest Film Ever Made?

    By GuitarMan 92
    Personally, there is not a single film today that can stand next to Citizen Kane on the basis of quality. I’ve watched about a dozen times and I highly recommend it!!!

  • shovalohana

    By shovalo
    Fantastic. Been waiting for the Ebert commentary, the best ever recorded on any movie - now added to the iTunes Extras. Highly recommended!!!

  • An all around great film

    By TH3J4CK4L
    I think most that rated it low just didn't understand the films narrative at all,but that's ok. I'm sure theres plent of MLP stuff for them and Michael Bay films elsewhere.It's also a masterpiece of cinematography.I'llend with an excerpt by Ebert. “Citizen Kane” knows the sled is not the answer. It explains what Rosebud is, but not what Rosebud means. The film's construction shows how our lives, after we are gone, survive only in the memories of others, and those memories butt up against the walls we erect and the roles we play. There is the Kane who made shadow figures with his fingers, and the Kane who hated the traction trust; the Kane who chose his mistress over his marriage and political career, the Kane who entertained millions, the Kane who died alone. - Roger Ebert