Entries in Citizen Kane (3)


"Vertigo" Ousts "Citizen Kane" on Top Films List

Evening Standard/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Alfred Hitchcock fans rejoice: Vertigo, which is widely considered the filmmaker’s masterpiece, has come out on top of Sight & Sound magazine’s list of the top 50 greatest films of all time.

Hitchcock’s 1958 dark psychological thriller, which focuses on an acrophobic San Francisco detective’s descent into obsession as he trails an old friend’s wife, ousted another critical favorite, Orson Welles’ 1941 landmark Citizen Kane, which for the first time in 50 years did not take the list’s top spot.

The Sight and Sound poll compiles the votes of 846 critics, programmers, academics and distributors. The magazine is a monthly film title published by the British Film Institute.

American film critic Roger Ebert notably called the poll “the most respected of the countless polls of great movies” and “the only one most serious movie people take seriously.”

As noted by British film scholar Ian Christie as the magazine announced their new number one film, Vertigo has been climbing up the list for the past 30 years. The film, which opened to mixed critical reaction, has gradually won favor among members of the critical community.

Hitchcock’s 45th feature moved up from seventh place to fourth in 1992, and 10 years later it was firmly planted in second place.

The full list of the 2012 Sight and Sound poll is as follows:

1. Vertigo
2. Citizen Kane
3. Tokyo Story
4. La Regle du jeu (The Rules of the Game)
5. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
6. 2001: A Space Odyssey
7. The Searchers
8. Man with a Movie Camera
9. The Passion of Joan of Arc
10. 8 1/2

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‘Citizen Kane’ to Be Shown at Hearst Castle

Apic/Getty Images(SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.) -- In an ironic twist, the Orson Welles classic Citizen Kane will be shown at Hearst Castle, even though the castle’s namesake, William Randolph Hearst, vehemently opposed the movie that his life inspired.

But the Hearst family, led by Steve Hearst, William Randolph Hearst’s great-grandson and vice president of the Hearst Corp., has given its blessing to the screening.

The festival’s organizers were surprised that the family approved the screening of a movie that is a “scathing indictment of Hearst’s life as a press lord,” according to a news release on the festival’s website.

The movie is about fictional media mogul Charles Foster Kane, a newspaper tycoon who has an opulent home and a young mistress, just like Hearst did.

Hearst went to great lengths to try to stop the movie’s release. He kept ads for the film out of many of his newspapers and one of his allies even tried to buy the footage in order to burn it, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Despite Hearst’s efforts, the movie came out anyway became an instant classic. Hearst’s family claims he never saw the 1941 movie.

His great-grandson sees the screening as an opportunity to show Citizen Kane in a new light.

“Seventy years after its premiere, it is time to re-evaluate Citizen Kane,” Steve Hearst wrote in the festival’s news release. “This remarkable film paints a portrait of two masters of the media -- William Randolph Hearst and Orson Welles himself. We can enjoy it just as fully as a work of artistic fiction, not fact.”

Citizen Kane will be shown at the castle’s theater on March 9 as part of the 2012 San Luis Obispo International Film Festival.

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Orson Welles’ 'Citizen Kane' Oscar Goes on the Auction Block

Robert Caplin/Bloomberg News(LOS ANGELES) -- A rare piece of Hollywood history is up for auction. The only Academy Award ever won by the late Orson Welles is being sold Tuesday night in Los Angeles. The Oscar statuette is the one Welles received for winning the 1941 Academy Award for best screenplay for his classic film Citizen Kane.  Welles shared the award with Herman Mankiewicz. Citizen Kane is recognized by many as the greatest film of all time.

Nate D. Sanders, owner of Nate D. Sanders Auctions, is selling the Oscar, and tells ABC News Radio there’s a bit of tarnish on the statuette, but it’s still looking good after 70 years. Sanders says the Oscar could fetch as much as one million dollars, and he says it would be worth it because it’s the only Academy Award Welles ever won. In 1971, the Academy did present Welles with an honorary Award for his contribution to film.

Sanders says it’s rare to find an Oscar available for sale, because since 1950, the Academy has required all recipients to sign a contract giving the film industry organization the right to buy the statue back for $1.

Sanders says Welles believed that he had lost his Citizen Kane Oscar, but it resurfaced after his death in 1994 and was bequeathed to his daughter.  Beatrice Welles and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences went to court in 2002 over the statuette, and a judge ruled that she had the right to sell it.

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