TITLE: Citizen Kane. It was originally going to be called "American" or "John Q"

DESCRIPTION: 1941 drama loosely inspired by the life of colorful publisher William Randolph Hearst.

DIRECTED BY: Orson Welles.

WRITTEN BY: The director with the help of Herman J. Makniewicz. There's great debate over who did the lion's share of the writing. They won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.


STUDIO: RKO Radio Pictures

MY TAKE: This has been hailed as the best movie ever made but I didn't like it. I thought it was long, boring and overrated.

  • The infamous 1938 War of the Worlds radio broadcast made 25-year-old Orson Welles a star. Hollywood responded by giving him the keys to the kingdom. Make a movie! Star, write, direct, produce, it's all yours. His original plan was to adapt Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness but it was too expensive to make. He then thought about adapting the comic political thriller The Smiler with the Knife but it didn't work out.
  • Ironically despite all of the hype and critical claim it turned out to be a box office flop.
  • Filmed in California.

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