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Film Club: Simon Callow on Citizen Kane

69 mins watch time

Posted March 2021

Film, History

Shunned on release, Citizen Kane is now held to be the greatest masterpiece of American cinema. But what was the true story of how Kane came to be made, and how did this commercial failure come to be regarded as the most critically acclaimed Hollywood movie ever made? What does Kane’s legacy mean for cinema today? And what are we to make of the reputations of its creators? Simon Callow, tells the story of the making of Citizen Kane employing both his insight’s as an insider to the movie business and the scrutiny of an accomplished cultural historian.