Citizen Kane is a 1941 American drama movie starring Orson Welles in his first full-length movie. There are rumors that its story is based on the life of the famous businessmen William Randolph Hearst, Howard Hughes, and Samuel Insull. Welles said that his character, Kane, was based on more than one famous person. In F for Fake (1974), he said that Kane was going to be based on Hughes but that Welles became inspired by Hearst.
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|Directed by||Orson Welles|
|Produced by||Orson Welles|
Richard Baer (associate - uncredited)
|Written by||Orson Welles|
Herman J. Mankiewicz
|Distributed by||Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (theatrical)|
Paramount Pictures (1991 re-release)
Warner Bros. (DVD)
Welles worked closely with his cinematographer, Gregg Toland, who was in charge of the camera and the lights. Together, they worked on a new style, "deep focus." Usually, if something close to the camera is in focus, everything that is far away is out of focus. In deep focus, every object is in focus at the same time.
Its working title, before the movie was finished, was RKO 281.
It is in some ways is like The Power and the Glory (1933).
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