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Big screen classics

Citizen Kane

Welles’ ageless gem about the life and times of a media tycoon reveals further riches with each viewing.

Image from Citizen Kane

USA 1941
Dir Orson Welles
With Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Everett Sloane
119min
35mm
Certificate U

One of the many wonders of Welles’ magisterial exploration of the life and times of a media tycoon is Gregg Toland’s innovative, versatile camerawork: evoking the scale of a bustling newspaper office or a vast echoing mansion with mirrors, shadows and strange angles; recreating the look of old newsreel; suggesting the world may be the product of a dying man’s reminiscence.


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