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Citizen Kane

5

Orson Welles' astonishing directorial debut is both a thinly disguised dramatisation of the rise and fall of Yellow Press baron William Randolph Hearst and a consummation of the first 50 years of cinematic art. Boasting a bravura performance by the 25-year-old genius alongside his cast of fresh faces (Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead, Everett Sloane), it introduced a number of innovations in the use of sound, lighting, editing, set design and cinematography which have had a profound impact on generations of movie-makers.

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