The American Experience: Battle Over Citizen Kane [DVD] [English] [1996]

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Special Features

  • Welles filmography
  • Chapter search
  • English audio track and English subtitles
  • Dolby Sound
  • Access to "The Battle Over Citzen Kane" web site


The Battle Over Citizen Kane
Arguably the greatest film ever made, Citizen Kane almost never saw the light of day. In this documentary from directors Michael Epstein and Thomas Lennon, the story behind the legendary film is told, highlighting the attempts by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst to kill the thinly-veiled biographical film by first-time filmmaker, 25-year-old Orson Welles. The meteoric rises of both figures are chronicled, drawing parallels between the lives of not only Hearst and the fictional Charles Foster Kane, but Welles, as well. Along with archival footage and clips from Citizen Kane, the documentary includes interviews with journalists, historians, and filmmakers, such as long-time Welles assistant William Alland, newspaper writer Jimmy Breslin, and director Peter Bogdanovich. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Ruth Warrick
    Ruth Warrick
  • Robert Wise
    Robert Wise
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    William Alland
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    Thomas Anderson
  • Peter Bogdanovich
    Peter Bogdanovich

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