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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.

1 hour, 59 minutes

Last on

Sat 14 Jun 2014 14:00

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.


Role Contributor
Charles Foster KaneOrson Welles
Kane (aged 8)Buddy Swan
Kane IIISonny Bupp
Kane's fatherHarry Shannon
Jedediah LelandJoseph Cotten
Susan AlexanderDorothy Comingore
Mr BernsteinEverett Sloane
James W GettysRay Collins
Walter Parks ThatcherGeorge Coulouris
Kane's motherAgnes Moorehead
RaymondPaul Stewart
Emily NortonRuth Warrick
DirectorOrson Welles
ProducerOrson Welles
WriterHerman J Mankiewicz