Orson Welles's Citizen Kane: A Casebook / Edition 1

Orson Welles's Citizen Kane: A Casebook / Edition 1

by James Naremore
     
 

Citizen Kane is arguably the most admired and significant film since the advent of talking pictures. No other film is quite so interesting from both artistic and political points of view. To study it even briefly is to learn a great deal about American history, motion-picture style, and the literary aspects of motion-picture scripts. Rather than a sterile display

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Citizen Kane is arguably the most admired and significant film since the advent of talking pictures. No other film is quite so interesting from both artistic and political points of view. To study it even briefly is to learn a great deal about American history, motion-picture style, and the literary aspects of motion-picture scripts. Rather than a sterile display of critical methodologies, James Naremore has gathered a set of essays that represent the essential writings on the film. It gives the reader a lively set of critical interpretations, together with the necessary production information, historical background, and technical understanding to comprehend the film's larger cultural significance. Selections range from the anecdotal —Peter Bogdanovich's interview with Orson Welles—to the critical, with discussions on the scripts and sound track, and a discussion of what accounts for the film's enduring popularity. Contributors include James Naremore, Peter Bogdanovich, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Robert L. Carringer, François Thomas, Michael Denning, Laura Mulvey, Peter Wollen, and Paul Arthur.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195158922
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/02/2004
Series:
Casebooks in Criticism Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
370,198
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

James Naremore is Chancellors' Professor of English & Communication and Culture at Indiana University.

Table of Contents

Introduction3
Interview with Orson Welles19
Editor's notes to the Welles interview71
The scripts of Citizen Kane79
Style and meaning in Citizen Kane123
Citizen Kane : the sound track161
The politics of magic : Orson Welles's allegories of anti-fascism185
Citizen Kane : from log cabin to Xanadu217
Citizen Kane249
Out of the depths : Citizen Kane, modernism, and the avant-garde impulse263

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