Citizen Kane Research

The Battle Over Citizen Kane

  • 1939 Hollywood was at its peak/big films were being made.
  • William Hearst owned many newspapers and other medias.
  • Orson Welles’ parents died when he was at a very young age. He was in boarding school and “grew up” very fast.
  • Hearst ran for congress but didn’t show up half the time.
  • Orson Welles caused $40,000 worth of damage when people did not like his shows
  • Orson Welles thought Hearst was a stiff old man who was cut off from the world.
  • Hearst kept spending money thinking his newspapers would supply money to him but didn’t. Then he started selling his stuff.
  • Luella was feared by everybody in Hollywood. But especially her younger sister.
  • Hearst put threats towards Orson Welles in his newspapers, he didn’t care about the truth.
  • Walt Disney was Jewish.
  • RKO delayed the release of Citizen Kane.
  • Welles liked to be challenged.
  • Hearst called Orson Welles play communistic.
  • FBI thought Orson Welles was a threat and had suspicions.
  • Orson Welles gets canceled. 😍

Docudrama RKO 281

  • Orson Welles went to New York at 18.
  • Hearst didn’t allow smoking or drinking at the parties he hosted.
  • Orson Welles was known as “Wonder Boy”
  • Hearst goes bankrupt. 😮‍💨✌🏿

Orson Welles Interview on Citizen Kane

  • Storytellers first duty is the story.
  • Citizen Kane was only 25 when making the film.
  • He had total control of his film.
  • He really didn’t want to make a film, he wanted authority.
  • When you know something about a profession, you seem to be more timid.
  • Citizen Kane thought the camera could do anything that we could see and our imagination.
  • His main character in the film he made is everything that he is not both good and bad.