Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane (1941)

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Corrected entry: When Kane buys the staff of the Chronicle he has a dinner party with dancing girls. Watch the shot where there is a row of girls on each side of the screen with the vaudeville guy in the centre singing. The girl in the very front on the right side puts her hand up with all the others, but seems to forget when to put it down and becomes out of step with everyone else.

Correction: Character mistake.

Corrected entry: When the arc light flickers out just before Susan's suicide attempt, a newspaper front page stays on the screen long enough so you can read the smaller headlines. One says that something is being done to "curb spectators in Harlem real estate." The word should have been "speculators."

Correction: This is a newspaper typo, not a film mistake.

Corrected entry: When we see the Japanese newspaper reporting the death of Kane, note that the article's in Chinese.

Correction: The newsreel in which this is shown was only a rough draft. It would have presumably been corrected for the final edit.

Corrected entry: At the beginning when Kane is dying and says, "Rosebud", no one else is in the room including the butler. The butler later tells the media his last word was "Rosebud."

Correction: This is already listed, and corrected. In the very last scene, the butler does verify that he was in the room at the time of Kane's death.

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Corrected entry: The film is centered around finding the meaning of the last word that the film's main character Charles Foster Kane says before his death. The problem is that there is no one in the room when he whispers his final word, "Rosebud", from his death bed. The closest person is his nurse who wasn't in the room and could not have heard his whispered statement.

Correction: In the very last scene of the film, the reporter whose actions the entire film follows is speaking with Kane's butler (immediately following Kane's trashing of Susan's bedroom.) The butler states that he witnessed Kane utter his final word, drop the snowglobe, and die (chapter 29 of the 2 disc special edition DVD). The only way the butler could have witnessed this is if he was in the room at the time of Kane's death. It is true that we never see the butler in the room, but this conversation seems to imply it.

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Charles Foster Kane: You know, Mr. Bernstein, if I hadn't been very rich, I might have been a really great man.

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The shot of the loud, squawking bird was purposely placed by Orson Welles to make sure the audience was still awake.

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