Dir. Orson Welles.1941, 119 mins. 35mm. With Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore. For decades consistently ranked by critics and filmmakers around the world as the greatest movie of all time, Welles’s perversely grandiose portrait of a newspaper tycoon loosely based on William Randolph Hearst is a dazzling work of art that ushered in a new era in virtuosic filmmaking and fragmented cinematic narratives. Grappling with Citzen Kane, Otis Ferguson wrote “its presentation is managed in complex ways and its conclusions are so vague with the shadows of meaning that it is easy to read almost anything into it, including what was actually put there.”
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