Episode 31: Citizen Kane (1941)

You don’t love me. You love me to love you.

Susan Alexander Kane, Citizen Kane

FIRST TIME VIEWERS:  ALISA, JOE

We can see the headlines now: “Charles Foster Kane on IOML At Last”. Yes, that’s right, we’re finally discussing Orson Welles’ directorial debut, Citizen Kane, commonly regarded as the greatest film ever made. With Oscar season upon us, we’re taking a look at this fabled movie, nominated for nine Academy Awards, but winner of only one for Best Original Screenplay (Herman J. Mankiewicz and Orson Welles).

Was this film a blueprint followed by a recent American President? Is it an examination of the origins and effects of narcissism? Is there anyone left who doesn’t know what Kane’s last word, “Rosebud,” refers to? How many of us learned that information from pop culture parodies? How well does the recently released Netflix film Mank pair with this masterpiece? And where does Sacha Baron Cohen fit into all of this? Join us, as we piece together the puzzle to reveal whether this movie deserves its reputation or if it’s all just a bunch of sensationalism.

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