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Citizen Kane

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The Battle Over Citizen Kane . WBGH Boston Video. DVD. 2000.

Brady, Frank. Citizen Welles: A Biography of Orson Welles. New York: Scribner, 1989.

Carringer, Robert L. The Making of Citizen Kane . Berkeley: University of California Press, 1985.

Ebert, Roger. Citizen Kane. Chicago Sun-Times. 15 Mar. 2004 http://www.suntimes.com/ebert/greatmovies/kane.html.

Kael, Pauline. The Citizen Kane Book: Raising Kane. Boston: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1971.

Mulvey, Laura. Citizen Kane. London: BFI Publishing, 1992.

Thomson, David. Rosebud: The Story of Orson Welles. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996.

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Kane's Mom

by mysterycity, August 22, 2013

I couldn't figure it until having watched it again; but it turns out that there is enough to know why his mother abandoned him. Considering the times, the situation and the few actions of Moorehead as his mother, I think I can safely assume that Kane's birth father is abusive, likely alcoholic; and his mother gave him up to insure he is safe from his father and the especially the people that they both became, the life they both sunk into; essentially her acquiescence.

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