- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (April 26, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781250077530
- ISBN-13: 978-1250077530
- ASIN: 1250077532
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #577,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Citizen Kane: A Filmmaker's Journey
"The most thorough account yet of the genesis, production and release of Welles's most famous film." ―New York Times Book Review
"Everything you wanted to know about one of the greatest films of all time―and then some. ... Extensive quotes from many participants add a real immediacy to the story, and Lebo splendidly chronicles all the drama, infighting, ups and downs, excitement, and genius that went into creating Welles' masterpiece. Published to coincide with the film's 75th anniversary, this book is a gold mine for fans."
"Film-scholar Lebo has conducted painstaking research, combing through voluminous interviews as well as
production reports, memos, budgets, drafts of the script, news accounts, and critiques." ―Booklist
"Lebo’s book is highly readable; it’s dense, lucid, and page-turning. Fans of Welles and classic Hollywood will be delighted by this comprehensive, intelligent work." ―Publishers Weekly
"A deep dive into the film that made 'Rosebud' a household word. In time for the 75th anniversary, there are interviews with cast and crew, access to studio correspondence and a 'lost' final script." ―Fort Worth Star Telegram
"A definitive resource for anyone interested in Welles and 'Kane.'" ―Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"A crisp, clear-eyed, romp through Kane history." ―Empire
"[C]ombines a trainspotter’s guide to film trivia with a riveting account of the dastardly campaign by the Hearst organisation to have the movie suppressed.... [O]ffers sharp insights into Welles’s artistic methods..." ―The Australian
About the Author
HARLAN LEBO is a senior fellow at the Center for the Digital Future in the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Lebo has written books about The Godfather, Casablanca, and a coffee-table photo book on Citizen Kane, and served as a historical consultant to Paramount Pictures for the fiftieth anniversary of the theatrical release of Citizen Kane. He lives in California.
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interesting and the legal challenges brought by William Randolph Hearst make for informative reading. It was quite amusing to discover that after his attempt to destroy the film, some close to him revealed he did, in fact, watch it at his mansion on several occasions. Also, the biographical chapters on Orson Welles were quite revealing.
To reiterate, for those in the technical aspects of making movies the entire book may well satisfy but to those who merely enjoyed the film and just wanted some confirmation as to its greatness, it might be a little above our pay grade.