Citizen Kane

Director: Orson Welles
Screenwriters: Herman Mankiewicz, Orson Welles

Institute History

  • 1986 Sundance Film Festival


Citizen Kane will always rank as one of America’s greatest films, a boastful work that announces its brilliance in every shot. Its plot is simple enough: a reporter attempting to discover the meaning of a dying newspaper tycoon’s final words. Yet the structure of Citizen Kane makes it such an absorbing experience, a delightful maze of flashbacks, overlapping and sometimes conflicting memories. Welles is magnificent in all of his roles—director, star, producer and, though still contested, screenwriter.

Screening Details

  • Section: Orson Welles Remembered, Chimes at Night
  • Film Type: Dramatic Feature
  • Country: U.S.A.
  • Run Time: 119 min.
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