The synopsis below may give away important plot points. Interspersed with segments of his newsreel obituary are scenes from his life and death. Most puzzling are his last moments:
Inhe declined offers from David O. Selznickwho asked him to head his film company's story department, and William Wylerwho wanted him for a supporting role in Wuthering Heights. Schaefer wanted to work with Welles after the notorious broadcast, believing that Welles had a gift for attracting mass attention.
At first he simply wanted to spend three months in Hollywood and earn enough money to pay his debts and fund his next theatrical season. This legendary contract stipulated that Welles would act in, direct, produce and write two films.
The most controversial aspect of the contract was granting Welles complete artistic control of the two films so long as RKO approved both project's stories : Granting final cut privilege was unprecedented for a studio since it placed artistic considerations over financial investment.
The contract was deeply resented in the film industry, and the Hollywood press took every opportunity to mock RKO and Welles. Schaefer remained a great supporter : Knowing the script would take time to prepare, Welles suggested to RKO that while that was being done—"so the year wouldn't be lost"—he make a humorous political thriller.
Mankiewiczwho had been writing Mercury radio scripts. Screenplay for Citizen Kane Herman J. Mankiewicz co-wrote the script in early He and Welles separately re-wrote and revised each other's work until Welles was satisfied with the finished product. One of the long-standing controversies about Citizen Kane has been the authorship of the screenplay.
Welles later explained, "I left him on his own finally, because we'd started to waste too much time haggling. So, after mutual agreements on storyline and character, Mank went off with Houseman and did his version, while I stayed in Hollywood and wrote mine. The industry accused Welles of underplaying Mankiewicz's contribution to the script, but Welles countered the attacks by saying, "At the end, naturally, I was the one making the picture, after all—who had to make the decisions.
I used what I wanted of Mank's and, rightly or wrongly, kept what I liked of my own. Mankiewicz also threatened to go to the Screen Writers Guild and claim full credit for writing the entire script by himself.
The guild credit form listed Welles first, Mankiewicz second. Welles's assistant Richard Wilson said that the person who circled Mankiewicz's name in pencil, then drew an arrow that put it in first place, was Welles.
The official credit reads, "Screenplay by Herman J. Mankiewicz and Orson Welles". He reviewed all seven drafts and concluded that "the full evidence reveals that Welles's contribution to the Citizen Kane script was not only substantial but definitive.
Hearst was disturbed by the film's supposed depiction of Marion Daviesbut Welles always denied that Susan Alexander Kane was based on Davies. Welles never confirmed a principal source for the character of Charles Foster Kane. Houseman wrote that Kane is a synthesis of different personalities, with Hearst's life used as the main source.
Some events and details were invented, : Hearst was quite a bit like Kane, although Kane isn't really founded on Hearst in particular. Many people sat for it, so to speak".
Gettys is based on Charles F. He regarded it as the prototype of Charles Foster Kane's sled.
Mankiewicz had a bet on the horse in the Kentucky Derbywhich he won, and McGilligan wrote that "Old Rosebud symbolized his lost youth, and the break with his family".
In testimony for the Lundberg suit, Mankiewicz said, "I had undergone psycho-analysis, and Rosebud, under circumstances slightly resembling the circumstances in [Citizen Kane], played a prominent part. Thatcher was loosely based on J.
Maurice Bernstein, appointed Welles's guardian; : The company produced theatrical presentations, radio programs, films, promptbooks and phonographic recordings. Citizen Kane was a rare film in that its principal roles were played by actors new to motion pictures.
Ten were billed as Mercury Actors, members of the skilled repertory company assembled by Welles for the stage and radio performances of the Mercury Theatre, an independent theater company he founded with Houseman in Welles cast Dorothy Comingorean actress who played supporting parts in films since using the name "Linda Winters",  as Susan Alexander Kane.
She characterized her own personal relationship with Welles as motherly.
That was something new in Hollywood: But Orson knew it was necessary, and we rehearsed every sequence before it was shot.May 24, · The origins of “Citizen Kane” are well known.
Orson Welles, the boy wonder of radio and stage, was given freedom by RKO Radio Pictures to make any picture he wished. Herman Mankiewicz, an experienced screenwriter, collaborated with him on a screenplay originally called 4/4. Thatcher's diary then tells the story of how Kane grew up to be a rebellious fool who just wanted to use his fortune to attack the wealthy class of America.
Thatcher saw this as class warfare from a . The newsreel tells us that Kane was the biggest newspaper tycoon of the 20th century. He also owned a bunch of paper mills, grocery stores, etc. During the newsreel, we look in on a room full of old white dudes discussing how Charles Foster Kane first came into fortune.
Citizen Kane was a film released in and it it was voted #1 in history of American film. It was written by, directed by and acted by Orson Welles. The story was set in Xanada in Florida and started with an introduction about that place.4/4(1).
Citizen Kane study guide contains a biography of director Orson Welles, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.
Orson Welles dominates Citizen Kane. He produced, directed, and starred in it, and his overpowering presence both on and off screen has often overshadowed the fact that the film was actually the result of a successful collaboration between some of the greatest minds in Hollywood at that time.