Happy Birthday, 'Citizen Kane'

By Robert Kirchgassner,

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the classic movie, Citizen Kane, which many consider to be the greatest movie ever made.

The film, loosely based on publishing mogul William Randolph Hearst, stars Orson Welles, who also co-wrote, directed and produced the film - all when he was just 25 years old. Hearst prohibited mention of the film in any of his newspapers.

Welles is the title character, one Charles Foster Kane, who becomes more and more powerful in the publishing industry until a scandal leaves him ruined and alone.

The line, “Rosebud,” has become one of the most-quoted movie lines. A special edition Blu-ray of the film was released Tuesday. It has already gotten praise for its picture quality, as well as its special features, which include several documentaries discussing the film, as well as the HBO original movie RKO 281.

Welles won the Oscar (with Herman J. Mankiewicz) for Original Screenplay. The film also earned eight other Oscar nominations. Welles also became the youngest man to be nominated for the Oscar for Best Director until John Singleton was nominated five decades later for Boyz N the Hood (1991).



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