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Orson Welles's Citizen Kane: A Casebook (Casebooks in Criticism) Paperback – July 22, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0195158922 ISBN-10: 019515892X

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'an uplifting study.' Peter Lambert, TLS

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James Naremore is Chancellors' Professor of English & Communication and Culture at Indiana University.
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  • Series: Casebooks in Criticism
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (July 22, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019515892X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195158922
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.7 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,217,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Killman on May 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
As a "student" of this film for many years, I of course had to give this a try, though I've read many other analysis articles and books before on the greatest film of all times, which CITIZEN KANE definitely is. What makes this book different and really enjoyable is that Naramore, the editor, compiles various articles/essays that look at KANE from different perspectives and concentrating on different aspects of it.

To me, the most interesting chapters were an interview with Orson Welles conducted by Peter Bogdonovich (very revealing) and another, a detailed history by Robert Carringer of all the many drafts of the screenplay showing how the story concept evolved over time. Of course, there is also a commentary by Naramore himself on the style and meaning of the film that is definitely worth reading as well. But having mentioned these three, let me say that the entire package is a great read.

If you're as great a fan of this film as I am, I think this is the best and most comprehensive look at it that you can find. After reading, as can be predicted, I had to get the DVD out and see KANE yet again - and did. It's great when, though you can't count the number of times you've seen a favorite film, something like this book comes along to give you new reasons to see it one more time.
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