Orson Welles produced and directed Citizen Kane, a 1941 American drama film. He also collaborated with Herman J. Mankiewicz on the screenplay. Welles made his feature film debut with this flick. Many reviewers and professionals consider Citizen Kane to be the finest film ever created.
The newspaper baron Charles Foster Kane, one of the richest and most influential men in America if not the world, dies. A newspaperman ponders his history in search of the meaning of his mysterious last word: “Rosebud.” He discovers proof of a child who was kidnapped from his family and forced to serve Mammon. As he matures into a man, Charles Foster Kane pursues a career as a newspaper reporter to pursue his ideals.
He marries the niece of the man who would become President of the United States, and as he gains power, he loses more and more of his soul. Kane’s wealth and power do not offer him joy, since he has lost his youthful idealistic outlook, as has the America he represents.
Also topped the British Film Institute’s Sight & Sound decennial poll of reviewers for 50 years in a row, and it topped the American Film Institute’s 100 Years… 100 Movies list in 1998 and its 2007 edition. The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards, with Mankiewicz and Welles winning for Best Writing (Original Screenplay).
Citizen Kane failed to repay its costs at the box office, despite critical acclaim. The picture disappeared from view after its initial release, but it was re-released in 1956 after being lauded by French critics such as André Bazin.
On September 13, 2011, a special 70th-anniversary edition of the film was released on Blu-ray. The Library of Congress chose Citizen Kane as one of the first 25 films to be inducted into the United States National Film Registry in 1989 because it was ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.’