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Citizen Kane: A Filmmaker's Journey Hardcover – April 26, 2016
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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.