How "Citizen Kane" Became One Of The Greatest Films Ever Made
Orson Welles’ legendary “Citizen Kane” capitalized on the perfect storm of success: unprecedented creative freedom for supremely talented people. Naturally, as the principled actor, director, and co-writer, Wells deserves the lion's share of the credit. The precocious genius even conducted magic tricks to misdirect nosy studio executives while captaining this unparalleled production!
However, the paradigm-shifting innovations of Cinematographer Gregg Toland and the foundational screenplay of writer Herman J. Mankiewicz merit praise as well. Together, the trio delivered a film that changed the entire industry. Here’s the story of “Citizen Kane.”