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Citizen Kane : the fiftieth anniversary album
Lebo, Harlan.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Doubleday, [1990]

Physical Description:
xxi, 243 pages ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes the script of Citizen Kane.
Added Uniform Title:
Citizen Kane (Motion picture). 1990.
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PN1997.C51173 L4 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
PN1997.C51173 L4 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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The film Citizen Kane smashed all of Hollywood's filmmaking conventions, setting standards for visual style and storytelling that are still unmatched today. Here are rare photographs, letters, production sketches and behind-the-scenes stories from the seminal film by Orson Welles that made Rosebud a household word. 109 photos.

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Booklist Review

When Welles arrived in Hollywood in 1940, his work on stage and radio had already earned him a reputation as a genius, but at 24, he lacked experience making movies. So when RKO awarded him a contract with unparalleled creative control and the unprecedented right to the final cut, everyone predicted a spectacular failure. Of course, Welles proved them all wrong, and 75 years after its release, Citizen Kane is still recognized as a masterpiece. But there was a time when the fate of the film was in doubt. 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. In great detail, he recounts Welles' collaboration with noted scriptwriter Herman Mackiewicz; the great cinematographer Gregg Toland, whose technical breakthroughs gave the film much of it visual interest; and the excellent cast of first-time film actors. Lebo also reveals how gossip columnists Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons, along with the William Randolph Hearst organization, attempted to thwart Citizen Kane's distribution but couldn't prevent rave reviews.--Segedin, Ben Copyright 2016 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Lebo (The Godfather Legacy) deftly pays tribute to Orson Welles's masterpiece Citizen Kane, in this history of the film's production and release, written just in time for its 75th anniversary. The book certainly honors Welles's filmmaking genius, but it also goes notably in-depth on Welles's principal collaborators. With memorable sections on, among others, cinematographer Gregg Toland; Welles's cowriter, Herman J. Mankiewicz; and art director Perry Ferguson, Lebo illustrates just how much thought and hard work went into the film from a whole team of artists, though Welles was writer, producer, director, and star. Again and again, the emphasis is on the unprecedented level of artistic freedom given to Welles by George Schaefer, the head of RKO Radio Pictures, a move that was seen as highly risky by the Hollywood establishment. The second part of the book is dedicated to Kane's tortured release. The author recounts the battle between RKO and publisher William Randolph Hearst, who tried to prevent the film from coming out when he saw too much of himself in the morally shaky title character. 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. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

In this volume, illustrated by over 100 never-before-published photographs, Lebo chronicles the intricacies of this masterpiece's creation. Also included is a detailed account of RKO Studio's imbroglio with William Randolph Hearst, upon whom the character of Charles Foster Kane was based. Hearst exercised his formidable wealth and power as a newspaper magnate to halt Citizen Kane 's initial production and later release. With 1991 marking the film's 50th anniversary, there will be additional interest in Citizen Kane , so libraries should be sure to have this on their shelves and also stock up on the video: despite the passage of years this remains on everyone's ``best'' list.-- Michael Rogers, ``Library Journal'' (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.