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The Complete Citizen Kane (1991)

A closer look at Citizen Kane and the stories behind this cinematic milestone that became one of the greatest films of all time. Made as part of the many celebrations of the movie's 50th ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Orson Welles ... Himself (archive footage)
William Alland William Alland ... Himself
Micheál MacLiammóir ... Himself (archive footage)
Miriam Geiger Miriam Geiger ... Herself
Robert Carringer ... Himself
James G. Stewart James G. Stewart ... Himself
Maurice Seiderman Maurice Seiderman ... Himself (archive footage)
Ralph Hoge Ralph Hoge ... Himself
Reginald Armour Reginald Armour ... Himself
Ruth Warrick ... Herself
Robert Wise ... Himself
Linwood G. Dunn ... Himself
John Houseman ... Himself (archive footage)
Peter Bogdanovich ... Himself
Pauline Kael ... Herself


A closer look at Citizen Kane and the stories behind this cinematic milestone that became one of the greatest films of all time. Made as part of the many celebrations of the movie's 50th anniversary, the documentary presents interviews with actors and technicians involved in Kane's making; film historians; the controversial Pauline Kael - who wrote a critical article about Orson Welles real contribution to the film; and of course, old clips of Welles himself revealing details about his very first film project. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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13 October 1991 (UK) See more »

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Another good documentary on "Citizen Kane"
28 January 2014 | by Rodrigo_AmaroSee all my reviews

Heart of the matter: this is a British documentary about the making of one of the greatest films of all time, "Citizen Kane", in the light of its (at the time) 50th year of release, gathering film critics and the known individuals who worked with Orson Welles in that magnificent and ambitious project. And there's also some clips from a 1982 interview with Welles.

The presentation: good with peaks of high greatness when the directors decided to call William Alland to be the narrator, in the same way he was the voice-over behind the "News on the March" clip - the newsreel within the movie. The man hasn't lost his voice through the years. They present a brief historical and cultural context to make us have a better comprehension of Kane's importance and characteristics included in the script.

The problems (if I should call it this way): "The Battle Over Citizen Kane" exists, I watched first and it's a more complete and enthusiastic experience. Much of what's here is also there and that is quite disappointing to go through the same interviews and clips all over again. But there's different things too: a great testimony from Maurice Seiderman, the make-up designer who made Kane's models to be used in Welles, and this is one of his last interviews; and the whole controversy surrounding Pauline Kael's essay "Raising Kane" and she appears to set things straight once and for all (I could sense some retraction of her).

I guess everything we needed know about Welles classic we already know, through this site or other sites, books, documentaries, and the film itself. It remains a mandatory picture and it never gets old. "The Complete Citizen Kane" is very well-made, worth watching and worth having if you can find it. 8/10

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