Thursday, December 31, 2009
The Complete Citizen Kane
An Arena Special looking at Orson Welles and the production of the film CITIZEN KANE, considering the furore that accompanied it and the real life press baron William Randolph Hearst upon whom Kane is based, and his efforts to halt the film, destroy the negative and persecution of people involved with its production and showing. It includes BBC interviews with Welles made in 1960 and 1982, and film historian Robert Carringer looks at the scenes that never made it to the screen. American film critic Pauline Kael also analyses the film's enduring appeal.
In a nice touch, William Alland reprises his "News on the March" character from Kane to narrate the newsreel footage.
This is a fascinating documentary and one of my favourites.
BBC Two - 13 Oct 1991 - 90 min