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Citizen Kane

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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1 hour, 59 minutes

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Sun 3 Jan 2016 21:00

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Role Contributor
DirectorOrson Welles
Charles Foster KaneOrson Welles
Kane (aged 8)Buddy Swan
Kane IIISonny Bupp
Kane's fatherHarry Shannon
Jedediah LelandJoseph Cotten
Mr. BernsteinEverett Sloane
Mary KaneAgnes Moorehead
James W GettysRay Collins
Susan Alexander KaneDorothy Comingore
Walter Parks ThatcherGeorge Coulouris
RaymondPaul Stewart
Emily NortonRuth Warrick
MatisteFortunio Bonanova
The HeadwaiterGus Schilling
Herbert CarterErskine Sanford
Mr. RawlstonPhilip Van Zandt
Jerry ThompsonWilliam Alland
Director of photographyGregg Toland
WriterHerman J Mankiewicz
ComposerBernard Herrmann

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