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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 pays tribute to Orson Welles's masterpiece Citizen Kane in this history of the film's production and release, published just in time for its 75th anniversary. The book honors Welles's filmmaking genius, but it also goes notably in-depth on Welles's principal collaborators. Lebo's detailed examination takes listeners from Welles's success on the infamous War of the Worlds broadcast to the nuances of the Kane's production to its complicated release, impaired by 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. Reader Zingarelli's deep and projective voice is reminiscent of Orson Welles, which makes him a fun choice to read the audio edition. When the text quotes primary sources, he creates distinct voices that do not attempt to imitate the original speakers but are distinguished enough to guide the listener. His energetic pacing keeps Lebo's prose lively-there is never a dull moment. A St. Martin's/Dunne hardcover. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Hot on the heels of Orson Welles's centenary in 2015, we have the 75th anniversary of Citizen Kane. Numerous accounts have been published about what many consider the greatest film ever made, but the last comprehensive book devoted specifically to the film's creation was James Naremore's Orson Welles's Citizen Kane: A Casebook. In this, Lebo's second book on the film (after Citizen Kane: The Fiftieth Anniversary Album), the author gives as full a view of Kane and its origins as has ever been written. With access to "previously unpublished material," he begins with Welles's arrival in Hollywood, moves through every stage of production-featuring all of the key collaborators, of which there were many-and concludes with the eventual yet belated recognition of the production's greatness in the 1950s and its now -established place in film history. Aside from this thorough study, it's Lobe's engaging writing style that is the chief feature of this volume. VERDICT Devotees of Welles or Citizen Kane will love this work, and all libraries should have it on their shelves.-Peter Thornell, Hingham P.L., MA © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.