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Liza Tucker Film History Citizen Kane D.Q. 2/22/08 1. Citizen Kane (1941) developed into one of the biggest disputes in Hollywood among its release. Representatives of William Randolph Hearst, the legendary media mogul, insisted that producer Orson Welles delay the release of his first major motion picture until significant changes were made (Churchill). The reason being that the film is strongly reminiscent of Hearst’s life. Welles says the film, which deals with the life of a fictional figure who owns a chain of newspapers, who unsuccessfully runs for Governor of New York, who marries a singer and attempts to gain recognition for her as an opera star through his publications, and who retires to a castle to die, is in no sense biographical (Churchill). During the week prior to the eventual release of Citizen Kane , the studio launched a large advertising campaign in six national magazines, the cost which was estimated at $40,000. George Schaefer, the president of the production company RKO, responsible
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Unformatted text preview: for the controversial film, made a quick visit to New York and had to barricade himself behind a staff of secretaries to avoid answering questions from reporters (T.M.). Orson Welles stated that “it is not based upon the life of Mr. Hearst or any one else. On the other hand, had Mr. Hearst and similar financial barons not lived during the period we discuss- ‘Citizen Kane’ could not have been made” (New York Times). Meanwhile the media frenzy created by Hearst’s objection to the film only created more interest and immediate success for Welles. Works Cited D. W. Churchill "Orson Welles Scares Hollywood." New York Times (1857-Current file) Jan 19 1941: X5. Special to The New York Times. "Hearst Objects to Welles Film." New York Times (1857-Current file) Jan 11 1941: 13. Thomas M. Pryor "Report on some Dubious Facts." New York Times (1857-Current file) Mar 2 1941: X5....
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