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"Citizen Kane" Book (Screen and Cinema) Paperback – May 9, 2002

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Product Details

  • Series: Screen and Cinema
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen Drama (May 9, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0413771873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0413771872
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #929,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott J. Rossi on May 3, 2014
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I received this book on time and immediately began reading the article in the beginning of it, "Raising Kane" by Pauline Kael. It was a bit of a slam against Orson Welles, but otherwise it put it into the context in which the screenplay was written and showed how it eventually was made into a movie.
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Interesting book about a process called making a movie. Welles went from genius to unknown fast. He always said he was constantly looking for money which required him to do movies he probably should not have. Film schools have probably studied him from opening scene in excess. Remains a wonderful subject. Citizen Kane was always my number one movie from the first time I saw the camera go up the fence at Xanadu.
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10 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Douglas B. Barr on June 1, 2012
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In my opinion, James Naremore is the most perceptive and insightful writer about Orson Welles' work as a filmaker. But Joseph McBride is also good, so are Andre Bazin and Jonathan Rosenbaum. Whatever you do, please beware of that gossip mongering charlatin Pauline Kael. What a phony she is! The woman had built a reputation as an advocate of art, but in fact she only likes and respects conventionality, and has never forgiven Orson Welles for exposing the studio system as being, first and foremost, a place where money is the only real consideration. I really think that she and Charles Higham hated Welles because they were somehow jealous that he could do so much, and do it so well.(For him the studio was necessary only as a place to provide him with financing and tools, and especially distribution. Because Welles could do everything else; Scripting, direction, editing. With his 'Mecury Theater' he could even provide the star, the supporting cast and musicians. Shoot, he could even do the sets and design the costumes if he needed to, and it seemed better when he did!) Why would any writer seek to make it difficult for a artistically creative talent like Welles (such a rare thing in Hollywood history) to recieve patronage? But thats exactly what they did (and in Highams case one book was not enough for him, his jealousy was such that he devoted two books trying to convince people that Welles most highly regarded works were really the products of other peoples talents, and the second book was quickly finished in time for the aging Welles to hear about it just before he could die.) Why are some people so jealous of originality, and so angry about it, and determined to stop it wherever it exists? Some people simply cannot live with independance and originality, they can only abide with the conventional.Read more ›
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