Citizen Kane Movie Analysis

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INTRODUCTION Citizen Kane is a drama, mystery starring Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore. The 1941 firm was written by Herman J. Mankiewicz and Orson Welles. Moreover, the film was directed by Orson Welles. The film was distributed by RKO Radio Pictures. Citizen Kane is considered to be the greatest film of all time ranking number one on “AFI's 100 GREATEST AMERICAN FILMS OF ALL TIME”. (SOURCE: PLOT SUMMARY A team of reporters are trying to decipher the word “Rosebud”, the last spoken word by the millionaire newspaper magnate, Charles Foster Kane. A reporter from the team starts to interview those from Charles Kane’s past in hopes to learn the meaning of Rosebud. The reporter first learns that at a young age, Kane was sent to a boarding school after his mother struck it rich because of a mining claim that was signed over to her in lieu of rent. Later in Kane’s life, at the age of 25 he had great fortune and bought a newspaper company and became a newspaperman to indulge his idealism. Kane’s newspaper company grew to one of the biggest in America and he became even richer than he was before. The reporter is then brought through Kane’s first marriage with Emily Norton, the niece of the President and his political career. Kane ran for Governor of New York and was winning the election until the scandal came out that he was having an affair with the “singer” named Susan Alexander. After

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