Citizen Kane (1941)

Perhaps the greatest film ever made by technical standards & technique, O. Welles’ 1941 masterpiece innovated storytelling conventions & chronicled the rise-and-fall of a newspaper tycoon in a canvas loaded with subtext & metaphor. 10/10.

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Plot Synopsis: When a reporter is assigned to decipher newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane’s (Orson Welles) dying words, his investigation gradually reveals the fascinating portrait of a complex man who rose from obscurity to staggering heights. Though Kane’s friend and colleague Jedediah Leland (Joseph Cotten), and his mistress, Susan Alexander (Dorothy Comingore), shed fragments of light on Kane’s life, the reporter fears he may never penetrate the mystery of the elusive man’s final word, “Rosebud.”

Official CLC Score: 10/10