Citizen Kane: American Cinema’s Colossus

Since its premiere in New York on this date in 1941, Citizen Kane has been widely regarded for most of its existence as the greatest film ever made. Co-written, directed by and starring the then twenty-five year old Orson Welles, the narrative tracks the life of Charles Foster Kane (based on newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst). The release of the film was threatened and delayed by the influential Hearst, and although it failed to recoup its initial investment during its first run, a subsequent re-release on American television and the glowing re-evaluation it has seen over the years have anchored it firmly among the best-ever films of all time.

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