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Citizen Kane (1941)

Citizen Kane (1941), 71 years after its original release. It was part of the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival. One of Hollywood's most famous behind-the-scenes battles occurred over the making of the film, when William Randolph Hearst banned coverage of the film in his newspapers, and tried to curtail its success.

This video shows the influence this movie has had on many other movies and helps you understand why it has been called the highest-rated movie of all time.

The following articles will explain the influence of "Kubla Kahn" on the movie Citizen Kane.

Getting the News from Citizen Kane

As written and played by Orson Welles in the 1941 classic that many people judge to be the greatest movie ever made, the life of Charles Foster Kane begins and ends with poetry.

Kane: Sunny Pleasure Dome, Caves of Ice

Film Friday I'm teaching Citizen Kane currently in my American Film class and am struck, once again, by the influence that Coleridge's "Kubla Khan" had on the movie. My father and I tried to make this case in an article that we wrote on Citizen Kane a number of years back (described here), and while the editors...

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