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The Making of Citizen Kane, Revised edition / Edition 1

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Overview

Citizen Kane, widely considered the greatest film ever made, continues to fascinate critics and historians as well as filmgoers. While credit for its genius has traditionally been attributed solely to its director, Orson Welles, Carringer's pioneering study documents the shared creative achievements of Welles and his principal collaborators. The Making of Citizen Kane, copiously illustrated with rare photographs and production documents, also provides an in-depth view of the operations of the Hollywood studio system. This new edition includes a revised preface and overview of criticism, an updated chronology of the film's reception history, a reconsideration of the locus of responsibility of Welles's ill-fated The Magnificent Ambersons, and new photographs.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
It seems that the moviegoing public just can't get enough of Orson Welles and Charlie Kane (see Video Reviews, this issue, p. 98). Carringer's 1985 volume offers and a nuts-and-bolts description of Kane's production. This revised and updated edition has been enlarged to include a new preface, new photos, and a discussion of Welles's second feature, The Magnificent Ambersons. Though volumes on Orson and Kane abound, this "is well researched and generally well written" (LJ 7/85). Considering Kane's importance to American film, this is essential for all movie collections. If you're talking movies, you're talking Kane.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520205673
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 10/24/1996
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 185
  • Sales rank: 1,230,494
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert L. Carringer is Professor of English and Film at the University of Illinois, at Urbana-Champaign. He is also the author of The Magnificent Ambersons: A Reconstruction (California, 1993).

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Table of Contents

Preface
A Word on Sources
Acknowledgments
1 Heart of Darkness 1
2 Scripting 16
3 Art Direction 36
4 Cinematography 67
5 Postproduction and Release 87
6 Collaboration and The Magnificent Ambersons 122
Appendix: Outtakes 137
Production Credits 149
Notes 153
Bibliography 167
Index 175
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