Analyzing Orson Welles 'Citizen Kane's Rosebud'

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Perhaps one of the most famous and highly rated classics Citizen Kane (directed by Orson Welles and premiered in 1941) revolves around the fictional life story of newspaper mogul Charles Kane (inspired by the life of William Randolph Hearst) and the grand search for the meaning of his parting words: “Rosebud.” Despite a very rough beginning and being met with criticism from the likes of renowned French cinema historian and journalist George Sadoul who claimed, “Citizen Kane is just an encyclopedia of old techniques” the film’s ever steady spot as number sixty eight on IMDb’s top two hundred fifty list is a testament to its fame both in the past and the present. Why is that so? Some would say it is the film’s witty and quotable one-liners as
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