16 Facts About Citizen Kane

1. Citizen Kane was ranked number one in the American Film Institute's polls of film industry artists and leaders in 1998 and 2007.

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2. Citizen Kane was an inductee of the 1989 inaugural group of 25 films that established the National Film Registry list.

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3. Citizen Kane was the only film made under Welles's original contract with RKO Pictures, which gave him complete creative control.

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4. Citizen Kane made a plaster mold of Welles's body down to the hips.

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5. Citizen Kane worked on Max Reinhardt's 1924 production of The Miracle and with the Yiddish Art Theatre, and he studied the human figure at the Art Students League of New York.

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6. Citizen Kane was the first, in fact the only, great film that uses radio techniques.

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7. The scene in which characters sing "Oh, Mr Citizen Kane" was especially complicated and required mixing several soundtracks together.

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8. Citizen Kane wrote complete musical pieces for some of the montages, and Welles edited many of the scenes to match their length.

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9. Citizen Kane was edited by Robert Wise and assistant editor Mark Robson.

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10. Citizen Kane eventually wore a steel brace to resume performing on camera; it is visible in the low-angle scene between Kane and Leland after Kane loses the election.

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11. Citizen Kane regarded it as the prototype of Charles Foster Kane's sled.

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12. Citizen Kane specifically acknowledged that aspects of Kane were drawn from the lives of two business tycoons familiar from his youth in Chicago—Samuel Insull and Harold Fowler McCormick.

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13. Citizen Kane suddenly calms down when he sees a snow globe and says, "Rosebud".

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14. Citizen Kane marries Susan and forces her into a humiliating operatic career for which she has neither the talent nor the ambition.

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15. Citizen Kane takes control of the New York Inquirer and starts publishing scandalous articles that attack Thatcher's business interests.

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16. Citizen Kane is a 1941 American mystery drama film by Orson Welles, its producer, co-screenwriter, director and star.

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