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Citizen Kane

Perhaps not the best film ever made as some critics assert, but nevertheless a monumental achievement, and worthy of yet another re-release on the big screen. Orson Welles stars as the media magnate whose life is dissected in flashback post mortem by a tenacious magazine journalist. Modelled all too obviously on Randolph Hearst, Kane is a man undone by greed and ambition whose determination to be the very best forces him to sacrifice friendships, work relationships and ultimately his marriage. As director, Welles strings together his narrative using moments of simplicity and brilliance, complemented by creative camerawork - tracking shots, fades and cross cuts - which brings all of the fragments together into a satisfying whole. Citizen Kane stands the test of time remarkably well.