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The Magnificent Ambersons at 80: Orson Welles’ powerful but cursed drama

The multi-hyphenate’s follow-up to Citizen Kane was a nightmare production and a box office disappointment but remains a fascinating film about AmericaMeet Orson Welles. Director of Citizen Kane. Star of Citizen Kane. Writer, producer and hero behind, Citizen Kane. Twenty-six years old and fizzing with ideas and energy. Had I worked for the studio employing […]

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Elvis review – blistering, turbocharged chronicle of the King

With electrifying performances from Austin Butler as Elvis and Tom Hanks as Colonel Parker, Baz Luhrmann’s whirlwind biopic is cinematic dynamiteFrom an opening that cheekily evokes the dropped snow globe of Citizen Kane to an Unchained Melody finale that had me crying in the chapel, Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis is a turned-up-to-11 treat. This blistering pop […]

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Citizen Kane’s Opening Scene Caused Chaos In The Theater

There’s a reason why Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane” continually sits atop the American Film Institute’s Top 100 Films list. The 1941 film broke nearly every established filmmaking rule while creating new techniques that are still widely utilized today.When Hollywood came calling in 1939, Orson Welles was already an established theater and radio producer. His radio […]

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Academy Museum Launches ‘Branch Selects’ Screening Series, With Weekly Movies Honoring Each Branch

Last month, the Academy Museum launched “Branch Selects,” a series that screens every Tuesday night at the museum with the chosen film highlighting a distinct area of filmmaking.Bernardo Rondeau, the museum’s senior director of film programs, says the idea came from receiving a lot of recommendations and feedback across the board from its members. “We […]

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Citizen Kane Ending Explained

While Orson Welles’ Academy Award-winning film is, as of this writing, 80 years old, there may be a small contingent of /Film readers who have not seen “Citizen Kane” and may not yet know about its famous ending. So consider these opening sentences a Spoiler Warning for one of the highest-regarded and famous movies of all […]

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‘Citizen Kane’: Where to Pre-Order the Criterion Collection Edition of Orson Welles’ Legendary Film

All products and services featured by IndieWire are independently selected by IndieWire editors. However, IndieWire may receive a commission on orders placed through its retail links, and the retailer may receive certain auditable data for accounting purposes.“Citizen Kane” is being restored by the Criterion Collection in honor of the film’s 80th anniversary. Regarded as one […]

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Why Francis Ford Coppola Was Nearly Fired During The Godfather’s Production

While Mario Puzo’s book “The Godfather” isn’t usually mentioned in the canon of the Great American Novel, Francis Ford Coppola’s film adaptation is unquestionably one of the Great American Movies. In the 10th-anniversary edition of the American Film Institute’s 100 Years…100 Movies list, “The Godfather” was second only to “Citizen Kane.” However, Coppola’s reputation as the premier auteur of […]

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23 Best Picture Nominees That Deserved to Win the Oscar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has a long history of overlooking the greatest films ever made for Best Picture. Many cinephiles are quick to point out Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane” losing to John Ford’s “How Green Was My Valley” at the 14th Academy Awards, though it’s not like Ford’s emotionally satisfying family […]

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