Can a man’s life be defined by one word? Zach explores Orson Welles’ 1941 masterpiece, Citizen Kane.

NOTE: This is the final film on “the list”, but fear not, Zach on Film will continue.

CITIZEN KANE

Citizen Kane is a 1941 American drama film produced by, co-written by, directed by and starring Orson Welles. The picture was Welles’s first feature film. The film was nominated for Academy Awards in nine categories; it won an Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay) by Herman J. Mankiewicz and Welles. Considered by many critics, filmmakers, and fans to be the greatest film ever made, Citizen Kane was voted the greatest film of all time in five consecutive Sight & Sound ’​s polls of critics, until it was displaced by Vertigo in the 2012 poll. It topped the American Film Institute’s 100 Years … 100 Movies list in 1998, as well as AFI’s 2007 update. Citizen Kane is particularly praised for its cinematography, music, and narrative structure, which were innovative for its time.

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Stephen Schleicher

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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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2 Comments

  1. Drago
    December 26, 2014 at 5:43 pm — Reply

    Must have more Jackhammer on film episodes!

  2. Kirby
    December 27, 2014 at 2:18 pm — Reply

    I’d say for animation going forward the works of Ralph Bakshi should not be overlooked, because without his work I don’t think we would have gotten things like The Simpsons or South Park.

    Tree of Life, (will get into it more when episode arrives) typifies the ‘just because it’s critically acclaimed does not make it a good movie.’

    Minor note: Love both movies, but Dredd with the script it had had gone into production before The Raid,which did release first.

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