The movie “Citizen Kane” was based on the life of Charles Foster Kane.
After its release in three-quarters of a century in 1941, Citizen Kane is still making waves. The mystery behind the masterpiece is one that everyone seems to still marvel at all the time. Constantly, Citizen Kane has made it to the top list of the greatest movies of all time which includes: AFI’s 100 years and 100 movies lists which both held in 1998 and 2007 respectively. In this article, we will talk about some interesting facts to note about the movie, Citizen Kane:
Top facts about the movie ‘Citizen Kane’
1. Orson Welles was 25 years old at the time he co-wrote, directed, and starred in the movie. It has the first film he was featured in.
2. The first draft of Citizen Kane was on the 16th of April, 1940. The title was “American”
3. Herman J. Mankiewicz, the co-screenwriter of the film wrote most of the scripts for Citizen Kane in his bedridden state. His nurse took care of him at the time.
4. Ray Collins, Agnes Moorhead, Joseph Gotten, and Everett Sloane all made their debut in the film industry after getting featured in Citizen Kane. They all worked with Welles as members of Mercury theater of his production of radio broadcasts.
5. Hearst, out of anger, labeled Orson Welles a communist. It was more like an accusation and at the time, accusing someone could destroy another’s reputation in the Hollywood industry.
6. William Randolph Hearst, the newspaper publisher is the major inspiration behind the protagonist act of Citizen Kane, Charles Foster Kane.
7. The film got a nomination for nine Academy Awards but won one in the Best Screenplay. Orson Welles and Mankiewicz shared the said award.
8. Xanadu, Kane’s estate got its design through the inspiration of Hearst Castle. This was Hearst’s exorbitant mansion located in San Simeon, California. 74 years after the release of Citizen Kane, the movie got screened at Hearst Castle for the first time. Tickets were sold to this effect and each of them was sold for $1000.
9. The cinematographer, Gregg Toland alongside Toland made the technique of “deep focus”famous as they got perfect at it. They ensured that every object was kept at the foreground, middle, and background simultaneously. A specimen can be seen in the scene of Mrs. Kane’s house. A younger version of Kane was seen throwing snowballs across to the house that was at a distance even while only the audience gets a hint of his mother’s indoor conversation.
10. Welles watched John Ford’s movie “stagecoach”about 40 times during one month while making Citizen Kane. He modeled some shots from Ford’s techniques as a director. When they both got nominated for the Best Picture Oscar category in an award in 1942, Ford’s “How Green Was My Valley”won in that category.
There you have it! All you need to know about the all-time people’s best movie, Citizen Kane.