Citizen Kane – 1941

The quintessential flashback story, this film has been cemented in history as one of the greats and deservedly so. Orson Welles was a virtual unknown before he came onto the scene with his crowning achievement and boy did he make a splash. The film follows Charles Foster Kane who inherits a massive sum from his blue collar family after they discover oil and it monitors his life from then until his death. The film famously posited that every person can be boiled down to their last words, in Kane’s case it was “Rosebud” and the bulk of the film is told through flashbacks as a reporter interviews everyone familiar with Kane to learn the meaning of the word. But as with all the best things in life, Rosebud belongs only to Kane and though his life was undoubtedly interesting, its meaning far exceeds a single word.

A classic for a reason, this one should be watched by every man, woman, and child, at least once.

Great beyond measure, this one is one of my all-time favorites and it finds meaning even if its title character couldn’t, earning it…

5 out of 5


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