Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane (1941)

Plot summary

Multimillionaire newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane (Welles) dies alone in his extravagant mansion, Xanadu, speaking a single word: "Rosebud". In an attempt to figure out the meaning of this word, a reporter tracks down the people who worked and lived with Kane; they tell their stories in a series of flashbacks that reveal much about Kane's life but not enough to unlock the riddle of his dying breath.

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Quotes

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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Mistakes

In the scene with the lovely dancing ladies, Cotten blows cigar smoke just before a cut to him from the opposite angle. From this angle there is no smoke. This takes place just before Wells throws his jacket to Cotten.

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Trivia

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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