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The Making Of Citizen Kane

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Ever since Pauline Kael wrote her controversial essay "Raising Kane" (available in print in her omnibus collection For Keeps), film fans and scholars have debated the "authorship" of Citizen Kane. Most audiences and critics agree that it is one of the greatest American movies, but Kael claimed that the genius behind Kane was not writer-director-producer-actor Orson Welles, ...more
Published October 1st 1986 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 1985)
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Sep 02, 2008 Muzzlehatch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: devotees of Orson Welles and classic Hollywood filmmaking
Shelves: film, welles-iana
This is certainly a must-read for anybody interested in the film; rather than a day-by-day, action-by-action accounting of the filming process (which would make for a vastly longer book, and a very tedious one for all but the most die-hard), Carringer has produced a very readable yet reasonably technical overview of how Orson Welles came to the project in the first place and how the collaborations between the then 25-year-old cinema neophyte and several much more experienced collaborators (chief ...more
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Oct 09, 2014 Christine Wells rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I actually read the original, so I'm not sure what may have been different with the revised. I was unimaginably enthralled with reading this. I had no experience with the subject matter: never watched Citizen Kane or knew what it was about, knew nothing of film process in general. I think that's what got me with this book. And it was looking into one past through the lens of another (the book was published in the 80s).
Rena Sherwood
The book was incredibly boring. And why was there so much emphasis on the aborted movie before Kane and the disaster of a film after Kane? The book was more focused on technicalities that may be of interest for filmmakers, cinematographers or those in The Industry, bur for the fan, it gets very tedious very fast.

I only gave it two stars because of the high quality and amount of illustrations, not for the prose.
Jun 09, 2014 Ray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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