full title · Citizen Kane
director · Orson Welles
leading actor/actresses · Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Everett Sloane
supporting actors/actresses · George Coulouris, Ruth Warrick, Agnes Moorehead, Harry Shannon, William Alland, Ray Collins
type of work · Full-length feature film
genre · Drama
language · English
time and place produced · 1940–1941, Hollywood
awards · Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, New York Critics Award fo Best Picture
date of release · May 1, 1941
producer · Orson Welles
setting (time) · Approximately 1860 to 1950
setting (place) · America
protagonist · Charles Foster Kane
major conflict · Kane tries to control press coverage of his political career and suppress his affair with Susan Alexander.
rising action · Kane’s political rival, Jim “Boss” Gettys, forces a showdown between Kane, Kane’s wife, and Susan Alexander in an attempt to force Kane from the governor’s race.
climax · Kane chooses to stay with Susan and sends his wife away while daring Gettys to expose him by threatening impotently that he’ll make sure Gettys goes to prison.
falling action · The papers are filled with the news of Kane’s “love nest,” and he loses the election.
themes · The difficulty of interpreting a life; the myth of the American Dream; the unreliability of memory
motifs · Isolation; old age; materialism
symbols · Sleds; snow globe; statues
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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