Citizen Kane. 1941. USA. Directed by Orson Welles. Screenplay by Herman J. Mankiewicz, Welles. With Welles, Joseph Cotten, Ruth Warrick. 35mm. 119 min.
Welles's first feature is probably the most respected, analyzed, and parodied of all films. Although its archival and historical value are unchallenged, Citizen Kane nevertheless seems fresh on each new viewing. The film touches on so many aspects of American life—politics and sex, friendship and betrayal, youth and old age—that it has become a film for all moods and generations. In its expansive way, it creates a kaleidoscopic panorama of a man's life. Welles completed it at the age of 25.