Orson Welles's Citizen Kane: A Casebook

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James Naremore
Oxford University Press, 2004 - PERFORMING ARTS - 291 pages
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Citizen Kane is arguably the most admired and significant film since the advent of talking pictures. No other film is quite so interesting from both artistic and political points of view. To study it even briefly is to learn a great deal about American history, motion-picture style, and the literary aspects of motion-picture scripts. Rather than a sterile display of critical methodologies, James Naremore has gathered a set of essays that represent the essential writings on the film. It gives the reader a lively set of critical interpretations, together with the necessary production information, historical background, and technical understanding to comprehend the film's larger cultural significance. Selections range from the anecdotal --Peter Bogdanovich's interview with Orson Welles--to the critical, with discussions on the scripts and sound track, and a discussion of what accounts for the film's enduring popularity. Contributors include James Naremore, Peter Bogdanovich, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Robert L. Carringer, François Thomas, Michael Denning, Laura Mulvey, Peter Wollen, and Paul Arthur.
  

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User Review  - Kate - Goodreads

Quite a good collection of essays, although there were some I disagreed with in bits and some I disapproved of almost wholly. One or two things mentioned that just Weren't True, but I won't name names ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
Interview with Orson Welles
19
Editors Notes to the Welles Interview
71
The Scripts of Citizen Kane
79
Style and Meaning in Citizen Kane
123
The Sound Track
161
Orson Welless Allegories of AntiFascism
185
From Log Cabin to Xanadu
217
Citizen Kane
249
Citizen Kane Modernism and the AvantGarde Impulse
263
Suggested Reading
285
Production Credits
289
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James Naremore is Chancellors' Professor of English & Communication and Culture at Indiana University.

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