$9 · Citizen Kane Starring & Directed by Orson Welles Brand New and Packaged VHS
A classic film in which when newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst dies, his friends are interviewed by a magazine reporter.
With a precociously talented director and lead actor in Orson Welles, for its time, was a technically groundbreaking, and laid out blueprint for Hollywood filmmaking that's still influential to this day.
Most importantly, as a viewing experience it's still one of the most mesmerising and beautiful films in existence. From its opening scenes--Kane's eerie Gothic mansion, his lone figure muttering the word "Rosebud" as he dies, journalists discussing the newsreel footage of his obituary--Kane lays out an enigma: who exactly was this man? Looping flashbacks build up a portrait of a contradictory figure who, despite living in the public eye, remained a mystery at heart.
A testament to the corrupting influence of money, fame and the media and at its centre the tale of a man in search of love, Citizen Kane is a personal tragedy on an epic scale. Technically, it's a lesson in filmmaking in itself whose daring aesthetics nonetheless remain unobtrusive. It's doubtful that a debut director will ever be given such free reign by a studio again and even if this happened, it's doubtful that such a masterpiece would be created.
A Turner Classic movie, brand new and packaged VHS
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|Posted||November 13, 2017|
|Expiry||December 13, 2017|