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Citizen Kane is a mystery-drama movie which released in the year 1941 and was directed by American director, producer, and co-writer Orson Welles, who also happens to be the star of the movie. Citizen Kane was Welles’ first feature presentation. Assigned for Academy Awards in nine classifications, Citizen Kane won an Academy Award for Best Writing in Original Screenplay by Herman J. Mankiewicz and Welles. Considered by numerous critiques, movie producers, and fans to be the best film at any point made, Citizen Kane was cast a ballot in that capacity in five sequential British Film Institute Sight and Sound surveys of commentators, and it beat the American Film Institute’s 100 Years … 100 Movies list in the year 1998, just as its 2007 update. Citizen Kane is especially lauded for Gregg Toland’s cinematography, Robert Wise’s altering, its music, and its account structure, all of which have been viewed as creative and point of reference set. The semi anecdotal film Citizen Kane looks at the life and inheritance of Charles Foster Kane, played by Welles, a character situated to some degree upon the American paper magnates William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer, Chicago head honchos Samuel Insull and Harold McCormick, and parts of the screenwriters’ very own lives.

Upon its release, Hearst denied notice of Citizen Kane in any of his papers. Kane’s vocation in the distributing scene is conceived of hopeful social administration, yet bit by bit develops into a savage quest for power. Described essentially through flashbacks, the story is told through the exploration of a newsreel columnist trying to explain the riddle of the paper tycoon’s withering word: ‘Rosebud’. After the Broadway triumphs of Welles’ Mercury Theater and the disputable 1938 radio communicate ‘The War of the Worlds’ on The Mercury Theater reporting in real time, Welles was pursued by Hollywood. He marked an agreement with RKO Pictures in the year 1939. Abnormally for an untried executive, he was given the opportunity to build up his very own story, to utilize his own cast and team, and to have finished product benefit. Following two fruitless endeavors to get an undertaking off the ground, he composed the screenplay for Citizen Kane, teaming up on the exertion with Herman Mankiewicz. Foremost photography occurred in the year 1940 and the film got its American release in the year 1941.

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“Don’t believe everything you hear on the radio.”

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“I don’t think there’s one word that can describe a mans life.”

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“I would make my promises now, if I weren’t too busy arranging to keep them.”

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“There’s only one person in the world who’s going to decide what I’m going to do and that’s me…”

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“You can’t buy a bag of peanuts in this town without someone writing a song about you.”

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“Denver’s Bonfils and Sommes; New York’s late, great Joseph Pulitzer; America’s emperor of the news syndicate, another editorialist and landlord, the still mighty and once mightier Hearst….”

“In the same position appears the tiny figure of Charles Foster Kane, aged five (almost like an animated cartoon). He is in the act of throwing a snowball.”

“Kane, molder of mass opinion though he was, in all his life was never granted elective office by the voters of his country.”

“Kane’s empire, in its glory, held dominion over thirty-seven newspapers, thirteen magazines, a radio network. An empire upon an empire. The first of grocery stores, paper mills, apartment…”

“You mustn’t go, Susan. Everything’ll be exactly the way you want it. Not the way I think you want it-by your way. Please, Susan-Susan!”

“You’re going to be rich. Your Ma figures-that is-she and I have decided that this isn’t the place for you to grow up in.”

“A fellow will remember a lot of things you wouldn’t think he’d remember. You take me. One day, back in 1896, I was crossing over to Jersey on the ferry, and as we pulled out, there was another ferry pulling in, and on it there was a girl waiting to get off. A white dress she had on. She was carrying a white parasol. I only saw her for one second. She didn’t see me at all, but I’ll bet a month hasn’t gone by since that I haven’t thought of that girl.”

“Bernstein, am I a stuffed shirt? Am I a horse-faced hypocrite? Am I a New England school marm?”

“Click to enlarge image; right click on magnified image to set as WALLPAPER. (Chrome users have to save enlarged image and set it as desktop background).”

“Dear Wheeler: you provide the prose poems. I’ll provide the war.”

“Don’t believe everything you hear on the radio.”

“Don’t worry about me! I’m Charles Foster Kane! I’m no cheap, crooked politician, trying to save himself from the consequences of his crimes!”

“Forty-nine thousand acres of nothing but scenery and statues. I’m lonesome.”

“He married for love. Love. That’s why he did everything. That’s why he went into politics. It seems we weren’t enough, he wanted all the voters to love him too. Guess all he really wanted out of life was love. That’s Charlie’s story, how he lost it. You see, he just didn’t have any to give. Well, he loved Charlie Kane of course, very dearly, and his mother, I guess he always loved her.”

“I always gagged on the silver spoon.”

“I am not a gentleman. I don’t even know what a gentleman is.”

“I can remember everything. That’s my curse, young man. It’s the greatest curse that’s ever been inflicted on the human race: memory.”

“I don’t know how to run a newspaper, Mr. Thatcher; I just try everything I can think of.”

“I don’t think there’s one word that can describe a mans life.”

“It isn’t enough to tell us what a man did. You’ve got to tell us who he was.”

“Love! You don’t love anybody! Me or anybody else! You want to be loved – that’s all you want! I’m Charles Foster Kane. Whatever you want – just name it and it’s yours! Only love me! Don’t expect me to love you.”

“No, I don’t think so; no. Mr. Kane was a man who got everything he wanted and then lost it. Maybe Rosebud was something he couldn’t get, or something he lost. Anyway, it wouldn’t have explained anything…I don’t think any word can explain a man’s life.”

“Old age. It’s the only disease, Mr. Thompson, that you don’t look forward to being cured of.”

“Only you’re going to need more than one lesson. And you’re going to get more than one lesson.”

“The trouble is, you don’t realize you’re talking to two people. As Charles Foster Kane, who has 82,634 shares of Public Transit Preferred. You see, I do have a general idea of my holdings. I sympathize with you. Charles Foster Kane is a scoundrel. His paper should be run out of town. A committee should be formed to boycott him. You may, if you can form such a committee, put me down for a contribution of $1,000 dollars. On the other hand, I am the publisher of the Inquirer! As such, it’s my duty – and I’ll let you in on a little secret, it’s also my pleasure – to see to it that decent, hard-working people in this community aren’t robbed blind by a pack of money-mad pirates just because – they haven’t anybody to look after their interests.”

“There’s only one person in the world who’s going to decide what I’m going to do and that’s me…”

“We never lost as much as we made.”

“Well, it’s no trick to make a lot of money… if what you want to do is make a lot of money.”

“You can’t blame me. They’ve been making statues for some two thousand years, and I’ve only been collecting for five.”

“You can’t buy a bag of peanuts in this town without someone writing a song about you.”

“You don’t care about anything except you. You just want to persuade people that you love ’em so much that they ought to love you back. Only you want love on your own terms. Something to be played your way, according to your rules.”

“You know, Mr. Bernstein, if I hadn’t been very rich, I might have been a really great man.”

“You’re getting paid, Mister, for opinions or for hauling?”

“You’re right, I did lose a million dollars last year. I expect to lose a million dollars this year. I expect to lose a million dollars NEXT year. You know, Mr. Thatcher, at the rate of a million dollars a year, I’ll have to close this place in… 60 years.”

“You’re the greatest fool I’ve ever known, Kane. If it was anybody else, I’d say what’s going to happen to you would be a lesson to you. ”

“…he was disappointed in the world, so he built one of his own. An absolute monarchy.”

“I always gagged on that silver spoon.”

“I couldn’t go through with the singing again. You don’t know what it means to know that people are – that a whole audience just doesn’t want you.”

“I was his oldest friend and as far as I was concerned he behaved like a swine. Not that Charlie was ever brutal, he just did brutal things.”

“I would make my promises now, if I weren’t too busy arranging to keep them.”

“Mr. Kane was a man who got everything he wanted and then he lost it. Maybe Rosebud was something he couldn’t get or something he lost. Anyway, it wouldn’t have explained anything. I don’t think a word can explain a man’s life. No, I guess Rosebud is just a piece in a jigsaw puzzle. A missing piece.”

“Six years ago, I looked at picture of the world’s greatest newspaper men. I felt like a kid in a candy store. Well, tonight, six years later, I got my candy. All of it.”

“That’s when you’ve got to fight ’em…All right. You won’t have to fight ’em anymore. It’s their loss.”

“You don’t love me. You want me to love you. ‘Sure, I’m Charles Foster Kane, whatever you want, just name it and it’s yours. But you’ve gotta love me!'”

“You take the Spanish-American War. I guess Mr. Leland was right: that was Mr. Kane’s war. We didn’t have anything to fight about. But do you think it hadn’t been for that war of Mr. Kane’s, we’d have the Panama Canal?”

“You talk about the people as though you own them. As though they belong to you. Goodness, as long as I can remember you’ve talked about giving the people their rights as if you could make them a present of liberty as a reward for services rendered.”
“””- Emily Monroe Norton Kane: Sometimes I think I’d prefer a rival of flesh-and-blood.
Now I can afford to make some promises. The working man and the slum child know they can expect my best efforts in their interests. The nation’s ordinary citizens know t”””

“””- Walter Parks Thatcher: What would you like to have been?
Everything you hate.”””

“All he ever wanted out of life was love. That’s the tragedy of Charles Foster Kane. He just didn’t have any to give. ”

“Are we going to declare war on Spain, or are we not?”

“””Don’t go, Susan. You mustn’t go. You can’t do this to me.
So it’s you who this is being done to. It’s not me at all. Not how I feel. Not what it means to me. “””

“Don’t worry about me, Gettys! Don’t worry about me! I’m Charles Foster Kane! I’m no cheap, crooked politician, trying to save himself from the consequences of his crimes!”

“He married for love. Love. That’s why he did everything. That’s why he went into politics. It seems we weren’t enough, he wanted all the voters to love him too.”

“””He’s still a well-meaning fathead who’s letting a pack of high-pressure crooks run his administration. This whole oil scandal…
He happens to be the President, Charles, not you.
That’s a mistake that will be corrected one of these days. “””

“I can remember everything. That’s my curse, young man. It’s the greatest curse that’s ever been inflicted on the human race: memory. ”

“I don’t know how to run a newspaper, Mr. Thatcher; I just try everything I can think of.”

“””I don’t know many people.
I know too many people. I guess we’re both lonely. “””

“I don’t think so; Mr. Kane was a man who got everything he wanted and then lost it. Maybe “Rosebud” was something he couldn’t get, or something he lost. ”

“I don’t think there’s one word that can describe a man’s life.”

“I entered this campaign with one purpose only, to point out and make public the dishonesty, the downright villainy of Boss Jim W. Gettys’ political machine, now in complete control of the government of this state. ”

“I made no campaign promises, because until a few weeks ago, I had no hope of being elected. Now however, I am something more than a hope.”

“I suppose he had a private sort of greatness, but he kept it to himself.”

“If I don’t look after the interests of the underprivileged, maybe somebody else will, maybe somebody without any money or property… and that would be too bad! ”

“””If I hadn’t been very rich, I might have been a really great man.
Don’t you think you are?
I think I did pretty well under the circumstances. “””

“If you could’ve found out what “Rosebud” meant, I bet that would’ve explained everything.”

“It’s also my pleasure to see to it that decent, hard-working people in this community aren’t robbed blind by a pack of money-mad pirates, just because they haven’t had anybody to look after their interests. ”

“Mr. Charles Foster Kane, in every essence of his social beliefs, and by the dangerous manner in which he has persistently attacked the American traditions of private property, initiative, and opportunity for advancement, is in fact, nothing more or less than a Communist!”

“Mr. Thatcher is one of our most devoted readers, Mr. Bernstein. He knows what’s wrong with every issue since I’ve taken charge.”

“obvious the people prefer Jim Gettys to me.”

“Old age is the only disease you don’t look forward to being cured of. ”

“Old age. It’s the only disease, Mr. Thompson, that you don’t look forward to being cured of.”

“opening line and his last word as he dies”

“talking about competing against Getty in the election”

“talking to Mr. Bernstein about Walter Parks Thatcher”

“The Inquirer already has.” ”

“There’s only one person who’s going to decide what I’m going to do and that’s me.”

“trying to figure out the meaning of Kane’s last word “Rosebud””

“We have no secrets from our readers.”

“We never lost as much as we made.”

“What I tell them to think.” ”

“You don’t care about anything except you. You just want to persuade people that you love them so much that they ought to love you back. Only you want love on your own terms. Something to be played your way, according to your rules.”

“You don’t love anybody! Me or anybody else! You want to be loved – that’s all you want! Whatever you want – just name it and it’s yours! Only love me! Don’t expect me to love you!”

“You talk about the people as though you owned them, as though they belong to you. As long as I can remember, you’ve talked about giving the people their rights, as if you can make them a present of liberty, as a reward for services rendered.” ”

“You’re the greatest fool I’ve ever known, Kane. If it was anybody else, I’d say what’s going to happen to you would be a lesson to you. Only you’re going to need more than one lesson. And you’re going to get more than one lesson.”

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