One of the few films that show Orson Welles' creativity and great storytelling technique without too much interference from producers (but it destroyed his career). You have basically heard of all that's good with it before and if you still haven't seen it - shame on you!
Un pilier de l'histoire du cinéma à voir absolument en version originale. Une oeuvre légendaire qui à elle seule a motivé des centaines de thèses, d'ouvrages, de citations, de références. Réalisé à l'âge de vingt-cinq ans, ce film inoubliable, n'obtint finalement à sa sortie qu'un maigre Oscar du meilleur scénario... www.cinefiches.com
Ingmar Bergman on Orson Welles: "For me he's just a hoax. It's empty. It's not interesting. It's dead. Citizen Kane, which I have a copy of - is all the critics' darling, always at the top of every poll taken, but I think it's a total bore. Above all, the performances are worthless. The amount of respect that movie's got is absolutely unbelievable." I couldn't agree more.
"I think it might be fun to run a country," thought one enterprising young brat when he saw this movie, and thanks, in part, to the absence of a Rosebud around his neck (or a soul to ballast his ego), and thanks, too, among many other things, to a culture that in the 76 years since the film's release has only grown more besotted with its machinery of celebrity, this Friday he'll have his chance, his dream, his toy.
Majestic in every sense, from epic story about even more epic character, which somehow embodies every piece of someone's personality, to grand set design and camera work that looks revolutionary even by today's standards. Orson Welles brings one of cinema's greatest larger than life characters with triumphal performance and direction, in everlastingly inspirational themes of media, politics, alienation and life.