Citizen Kane Fun Features
This is the section for all our "FUN" Citizen Kane information - please enjoy!
Did You Know?
... that Orson Welles was only 26 when Citizen Kane was released.
… that the movie was roundly disliked by the movie-going public when it was released in 1941.
… although Citizen Kane was nominated for nine Academy Awards, it won only one for Best Screenplay.
… that Ruth Warick, who played Charles Foster Kane's first wife, has a long acting career as soap opera matriarch Phoebe Tyler Wallingford on All My Children. Here she is in a QuickClip from Citizen Kane. Ruth Warrwick died in 2005. You can read her New York Times obituary here.
... that HBO made a movie about the making of Citizen Kane called RKO 281 that starred Liev Shreiber, John Malkovich and Roy Scheider. RKO 281 was the name that studios bosses used to refer to Welles' picture until he came up with the final title.
... that Robert Foster Kane lived in the fabulous Xanadu. William Randolph Hearst lived in the fabulous Hearst Castle. Whether or not Kane was patterned after Hearst or not the houses certainly were. Today you can only see the fictitious Xanadu in the movie but you can travel to California and tour the Castle.
... Did you ever try to read the review of the second Mrs. Kane's opera performance when it was shown up on the screen? An intrepid fan has managed to transcribed it.
"Miss Susan Alexander, a pretty but hopelessly incompetent amateur, last night opened the new Chicago Opera House in a performance of 'Salammbo.'" "Her singing, happily, is no concern of this department. Of her acting, it is absolutely impossible to say anything except that it represents, in the opinion of this reviewer, a new low. The performance, as a whole, was weak and incomprehensible." "While it is true that a wealth of training has been expended on the voice of Miss Alexander, the result has been pathetic in the extreme, inasmuch as she lacks tonal purity, volume and the nuances of enunciation so important for the grand opera diva. "LACKS STAGE PRESENCE", "Another grave fault in her performance was lack of stage pres- ... "
... Although we saw the little sled named Rosebud being tossed in the furnace in the movie's ending, it had been widely reported that it was bought by Steven Spielberg for $60,500 at a movie memoribilia auction. It has also been reported that upon hearing this Orson Welles reaction was to say "I thought we burned it."
... that if you met film critic Roger Ebert you might want to ask him what's the greatest movie of all time? He says it's Citizen Kane and he'll tell you why but he'll also tell you why it isn't his favorite movie.
Citizen Kane On Location
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star
In the early 1960's, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce developed the idea of the "Hollywood Walk of Fame." The sidewalks of the most famous streets in the heart of Hollywood were lined with "stars" recognizing celebrities' life-long contributions to the entertainment industry. Receiving a star is still to this day considered a huge honor. Here's where you can find the stars of Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten:
Walk of Fame Star
1600 Vine St.
Walk of Fame Star
6552 Hollywood Blvd.
Walk of Fame Star
6382 Hollywood Blvd.
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