American Studies 201 (November 15 2006)

American Studies 201 (November 15 2006) - Citizen Kane Film...

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November 15, 2006 Citizen Kane Film Day 1 -1939 Hollywood is at its prime, making great films -Orson Welles, 24 yr old, got permission to make the movie ->never made a movie before ->just a kid but felt he could do no wrong -William Randolph Hearst ->newspaper king ->lived on ‘The Ranch’ = ½ the size of RI ->1/5 Americans were reading a Hearst paper every week ->Hearst had power ->but movies were more powerful than any paper Citizen Kane -About Hearst’s life and mansion -Caused the undoing of Orson Welles “The most powerful man in Hollywood tried to find every copy of the film and burn them” –About Hearst “You can crush a man with journalism, not with a motion picture” –Douglas Fairbank’s quoting his dad…shows how Hearst tore down Welles More on Hearst -Got everything he wanted as a kid -Understood the huge amount of money that could be made in European tours of art and architecture…tourism -Loved theater -Flunking out of Harvard, he asked his father for a small San Francisco Newspaper ->Splashy, big type, lurid news ->At first only 8 pages a day ->Created news ->Reprinted stories and made them his own “He doesn’t let up. He’s like a dog that gets hold of your leg” –About Hearst
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