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
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
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