Tag: Orson Welles

Would a deal like the one Orson Welles got with RKO be possible today?

Not with any major studio, for a number of reasons. The first major reason is the media environment is much different now – Orson Welles was very very “hot” at the time from his work on radio and stage acting and producing stage plays. But hot is, again, relative… there were a handful of radio Read More

Was Orson Welles proud of Citizen Kane?

Yes, but he didn’t like to talk about it much. He thought the film had been over analyzed, and also wanted to be recognized for his other films as well. Ask him about Touch of Evil, or Mr. Arkadin, or Chimes at Midnight, and he would talk your ears off. With Kane, he would be Read More

What’s the moral or underlying theme of Citizen Kane?

No one can ever truly know who another person really is. I know, it’s a simplistic view of looking at the film, but follow: The movie is about the search for meaning of something – what is Rosebud? – that in the end is eventually both potent in meaning and meaningless at the same time. Read More

What is the meaning of the famous Orson Welles quote, ‘The enemy of art is the absence of limitations’?

Not surprising that Orson would say something like this – he spent his life chasing money for his film projects, and had to adjust his vision and refine his work based on the limitations this “hustling” required. But this statement is more than a reaction to that situation, it is also a true one… because Read More

How was Orson Welles able to make Citizen Kane at such a young age?

Because he didn’t know any better. I’ve read quite a few articles about Kane, as well as numerous interviews with Orson, and my view is that he was able to make Citizen Kane the masterpiece it was (and is) because he hadn’t yet learned “the rules” of how to make a conventional film, and so Read More

F For Fake is Orson Welles’ forgotten masterpiece

I love Orson Welles. He is one of the most amazing people of the 20th Century, a larger-than-life figure who’s had a dozen books written about him (I’ve read quite a few of them). His life could be accurately described as a “Shakespearean” tale of triumph and tragedy (which, considering the many times he performed Read More

Was the concept of "Rosebud" an anticlimax to Citizen Kane?

I think that anyone who thinks the reveal of Rosebud at the end of Citizen Kane is anticlimactic are missing the primary point of the movie. Citizen Kane is not a traditional narrative. Charles Foster Kane is revealed to the viewer through the views of the people who knew him in life, and WE are Read More