Citizen Kane - Special Edition 2DVD 1941 / Directed by Orson Welles / Starring: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Everett Sloane, Ray Collins
Citizen Kane DVD 1941 Restaurierte Fassung - German release Restored Version / Directed by Orson Welles / Starring: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Everett Sloane, Ray Collins
REGION 2 PAL DVD (Black & White)
MADE IN EU
AUDIO: English mono
Playtime: 114 minutes ( 2 discs )
Orson Welles first feature film -- which he directed, produced, and co-wrote, as well as playing the title role -- proved to be his most important and influential work, a ground-breaking drama loosely based on the life of William Randolph Hearst which is frequently cited as the finest American film ever made. Aging newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles) dies in his sprawling Florida estate after uttering a single, enigmatic final word -- "Rosebud" -- and newsreel producer Rawlston (Phil Van Zandt) sends reporter Jerry Thompson (William Alland) out with the assignment of uncovering the meaning behind the great man's dying thought. As Thompson interviews Kane's friends, family, and associates, we learn the facts of Kane's eventful and ultimately tragic life: his abandonment by his parents (Agnes Moorehead and Harry Shannon) after he becomes the heir to a silver mine; his angry conflicts with his guardian, master financier Walter Parks Thatcher (George Coulouris); his impulsive decision that "it would be fun to run a newspaper" with the help of school chum Jedediah Leland (Joseph Cotten) and loyal assistant Mr. Bernstein (Everett Sloane); his rise from scandal sheet publisher to the owner of America's largest and most influential newspaper chain; his marriage to socially prominent Emily Norton (Ruth Warrick), whose uncle is the President of the United States; Kane's ambitious bid for public office, which is dashed along with his marriage when his opponent, corrupt political boss Jim Gettys (Ray Collins), reveals that Kane is having an affair with aspiring vocalist Susan Alexander (Dorothy Comingore); Kane's vain attempts to promote second wife Alexander as an opera star; and his final, self-imposed exile to a massive and never-completed pleasure palace called Xanadu. While Citizen Kane was a film full of distinguished debuts -- along with Welles, it was the first feature for Joseph Cotten, Everett Sloane, Ray Collins, Agnes Moorehead, and Ruth Warrick -- the only Academy Award it received was for Best Original Screenplay, for which Welles shared credit with veteran screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz.
Joseph Cotten as Jedediah Leland, Kane's best friend and a reporter for The Inquirer. Cotten also appears (hidden in darkness) in the News on the March screening room.Dorothy Comingore as Susan Alexander Kane, Kane's mistress and second wife.Agnes Moorehead as Mary Kane, Kane's mother.Ruth Warrick as Emily Monroe Norton Kane, Kane's first wife.Ray Collins as Jim W. Gettys, Kane's political rival for the post of Governor of New York.Erskine Sanford as Herbert Carter, editor of The Inquirer. Sanford also appears (hidden in darkness) in the News on the March screening room.Everett Sloane as Mr. Bernstein, Kane's friend and employee at The Inquirer.William Alland as Jerry Thompson, a reporter for News on the March. Alland also voices the narrator of the News on the March newsreel.Paul Stewart as Raymond, Kane's butler.George Coulouris as Walter Parks Thatcher, a banker who becomes Kane's legal guardian.Fortunio Bonanova as Signor Matiste, vocal coach of Susan Alexander Kane.Gus Schilling as John, headwaiter at the El Rancho nightclub. Schilling also appears (hidden in darkness) in the News on the March screening room.Philip Van Zandt as Mr. Rawlston, News on the March producer.Georgia Backus as Bertha Anderson, attendant at the library of Walter Parks Thatcher.Harry Shannon as Jim Kane, Kane's father.Sonny Bupp as Charles Foster Kane III, Kane's son.Buddy Swan as Charles Foster Kane, age eight.Orson Welles as Charles Foster Kane, a wealthy newspaper publisher.
|Directed by||Orson Welles|
|Produced by||Orson Welles|
|Music by||Bernard Herrmann|
|Edited by||Robert Wise|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures|
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