Citizen Kane: A Filmmaker's Journey
“This book is a gold mine for fans.”—Kirkus Reviews
It is the celebration of brilliant achievement and a sinister tale of conspiracy, extortion, and Communist witch hunts.
It is the chronicle of a plot orchestrated in boardrooms and a mountaintop palace, as a media company that claimed to stand for “genuine democracy” defied the First Amendment and schemed to burn Hollywood’s greatest creation.
Harlan Lebo charts the meteoric rise to stardom of the twenty-three-year-old Orson Welles, his defiance of the Hollywood system, and the unprecedented contract that gave him near-total creative control of his first film. Lebo recounts the clashes between Welles and studio executives eager to see him fail, the high-pressure production schedule, and the groundbreaking results. Lebo reveals the plot by the organization of publisher William Randolph Hearst to attack Hollywood, discredit Welles, and incinerate the film. And, at last, he follows the rise of Citizen Kane to its status as the greatest film ever made.
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Citizen Kane: A Filmmaker's JourneyUser Review - Book Verdict
Hot on the heels of Orson Welles's centenary in 2015, we have the 75th anniversary of Citizen Kane. Numerous accounts have been published about what many consider the greatest film ever made, but the ... Read full review
Citizen Kane: A Filmmaker's JourneyUser Review - Publishers Weekly
Lebo (The Godfather Legacy) deftly pays tribute to Orson Welles’s masterpiece Citizen Kane, in this history of the film’s production and release, written just in time for its 75th anniversary. The ... Read full review