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Duration: 1 hour, 59 minutes

Frequently voted one of the best films ever made, Orson Welles's masterpiece tells the story of newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane in a series of flashbacks. A reporter is intrigued by the dying Kane's last word - rosebud - and sets out to find a new angle on the life of one of the most powerful men in America. Nine Oscar nominations resulted in only one award for the outspoken Welles - Best Screenplay.

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Sat 14 Jun 2014 14:00 BBC Two

  • The Soundtrack

    The orchestral score for this film is by Bernard Herrmann, a celebrated composer who went on to forge a great relationship with Alfred Hitchcock, writing the scores for Vertigo and the infamous Psycho.


    In his BBC Four series Sound of Cinema: The Music That Made the Movies, Neil Brand describes how Herrmann's music for the opening scene - which sees us close in on Kane in his deathbed - makes us care about a character we've barely met.


    You can find out more about the great orchestral score in episode one of Neil Brand's series.


    Citizen Kane will be shown on BBC Four as part of the Sound of Cinema season on Sunday 22nd September.


Charles Foster Kane
Orson Welles
Kane (aged 8)
Buddy Swan
Kane III
Sonny Bupp
Kane's father
Harry Shannon
Jedediah Leland
Joseph Cotten
Susan Alexander
Dorothy Comingore
Mr Bernstein
Everett Sloane
James W Gettys
Ray Collins
Walter Parks Thatcher
George Coulouris
Kane's mother
Agnes Moorehead
Paul Stewart
Emily Norton
Ruth Warrick
Orson Welles
Orson Welles
Herman J Mankiewicz


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