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Citizen Kane

Year: 1941
Production Country: USA
Directed by: Orson Welles
Featuring: Orson Welles / Joseph Cotten / Everett Sloane / Dorothy Comingore / Agnes Moorehead
Running time: 119min
Certificate: U

Orson Welles' debut, based on the life of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst and often voted the best film of all time. Read more


‘No one who is really interested in the cinema can afford to miss it,’ reckoned the BFI Monthly Film Bulletin of Welles’ debut back in 1941, and it’s a verdict that Sight & Sound’s top ten poll has emphatically upheld over the years. Kane didn’t figure in the first poll, in 1952, but it has held the top spot ever since. It topped both the critics’ and the directors’ polls in 2002, and the burning question this year is whether it will extend its fifty-year reign.

*We regret that Laura Mulvey is no longer able to introduce this screening. We apologise for any disappointment.


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