RKO 281*

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RKO 281*

  • 1999 ----- color ----- 87 min ----- dvd
  • (Directed by Benjamin Ross, screenplay by John Logan, based, in part, on the documentary "The Battle Over Citizen Kane" by Richard Ben Cramer and Thomas Lennon; with Liev Schrieber, James Cromwell, Melanie Griffith, John Malkovich, Liam Cunningham, Fiona Shaw, Anastasia Hille, Brenda Blethyn, Roy Scheider) Orson Welles was only 24 when he arrived in Hollywood following the acclaim and scandal that erupted over the live radio broadcast of "War of the Worlds." RKO 281 was to be his first motion picture. The subject? An aging, obsessive newspaper publisher who controlled his enemies as ruthlessly as he controlled his friends; whose lavish estate was half the size of Rhode Island; and whose mistress was destined for fame whether she wanted it or not. He would bear so close a resemblance to the wealthy newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst, that Hearst himself would do anything to shut the movie down. The battle between Welles and Hearst over Citizen Kane is the stuff of legend, rich with tales of sexual blackmail, money changing hands and threats behind closed doors. {Letterboxed] (Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)
  • Topics: (Biography, Communications, Law, Motion Pictures: Features, Motion Pictures: History)