Citizen Kane (Collector's Edition)*
- 1941 ----- b & w ----- 119 min ----- dvd
(Directed by Orson Welles; with Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Everett Sloane) Orson Welles' timeless masterwork (#1 in the American Film Institute's 1998 list of Best American Movies) is more than a groundbreaking film. It is also grand entertainment, sharply acted (starring many of Welles' Mercury Players on the road to thriving film careers) and superbly directed with inspired visual flair. Depicting the controversial life of an influential publishing tycoon, it is rooted in themes of power, corruption, vanity--the American Dream lost in the mystery of a dying man's last world: "Rosebud."
- Battle Over Citizen Kane, The
- 1996 ----- color/b&w ----- 113 min ----- dvd
- In 1941, 24-years-old Orson Welles--armed with the most lucrative motion-picture contract ever--directed, co-wrote and starred in Citizen Kane, a masterpiece many regard as the best film ever made. The alleged subject of the film disagreed. Publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst wielded his immense power, wealth and influence to destroy the film--and Welles himself. Through amazingly candid interviews with Welles, the Citizen Kane cast and associates of both combatants, discover what made Welles so revered and Hearst so vindictive. Extensive Citizen Kane clips and fascinating biographical profiles of both men (including rare footage from San Simeon and Welles' historic The War of the Worlds broadcast) reveal new facts in the struggle between two proud, gifted and destructive Americans on a fateful collision course.
(Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)
- Topics: (Biography, Communications, Motion Pictures: Documentary, Motion Pictures: Features)