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It is Kane's death that begins the story, sending a reporter (William Alland) to interview the closest associates of the multimillionaire and media tycoon in order to write a eulogy. Orson Welles stars as Citizen Kane, as well as acting as writer and director. This groundbreaking classic is considered one of the greatest films of all time.
Why Is Citizen Kane Rated PG?
Citizen Kane is rated PG
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Snow Falling on Cedars (made in 2000) is a wonderful example of broken storyline. In Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Jimmy Stewart battles characters that use wealth and status to gain control. And A Simple Twist of Fate also deals with the power of money and the value of love.
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Home Video Notes: Citizen Kane: 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition
Release Date: 13 September 2011
Citizen Kane releases in a 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition on September 13, 2011. This Blu-ray edition includes:
- Audio commentaries with Peter Bogdanovich and Roger Ebert
- World Premier of Citizen Kane featurettes
- Interviews with Ruth Warrick and Robert Wise
- Production galleries (featuring commentary from Roger Ebert)
- Deleted scenes
- Theatrical trailer
- Full-length The Battle Over Citizen Kane documentary on DVD
- HBO Films’ docudrama RKO 281, starring Liev Schreiber as Orson Welles and James Cromwell as newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst on DVD.
DVD Release Date: September 25, 2001
Runtime: 119 minutes
Production company: Warner Home Video
Package type: Snap case
Aspect ratio:Full screen standard, 1.33:1 DVD encoding: Region 1
Available audio tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono).
Available subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese.
Commentary by Roger Ebert and biographer Peter Bogdanovich
1941 movie premiere newsreel
Story bopards, photographs, ad campaign, correspondence, etc.
The Battle Over Citizen Kane—a 2 hour documentary detailing the power struggle between Mr. Hearst and Mr. Welles.
Parents should be aware that some of the documentary interviews contain mild language concerns. Descriptions of violent behavior, unethical journalism practices, comments about homosexuality, and accusations of communism also surface as the facts of the subjects’ lives unfold.
But what most fans will want to know is the answer to the $64,000 question: What is the meaning of Rosebud? Apparently the term (which Roger Ebert points out “explains everything, but really it explains nothing”) is believed to have had a sexual connotation for Mr. Hearst. Now that’s a notion that explains everything, but really explains nothing at the same time!