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Citizen Kane by Herman J. Mankiewicz and Orson Welles

When enormously-wealthy media magnate Charles Foster Kane dies, he utters the word "rosebud". An obituary newsreel documents the events in his public life. The producer of the newsreel asks a reporter, Jerry Thompson , to find out about Kane's private life and personality, in particular to discover the meaning behind his last word. The reporter interviews the great man's friends and associates, and Kane's story unfolds as a series of flashbacks.

First, Thompson approaches Kane's second wife, Susan Alexander, who refuses to tell him anything. Thompson then goes to the library of Walter Parks Thatcher , a banker who served as Kane's guardian during his childhood. It is there that Thompson learns about Kane's childhood. In the first flashback, Kane as a young child is forced to leave his beloved mother when he becomes suddenly wealthy after becoming an heir to a silver mine, and is sent to live with Mr. Thatcher, despite the misgivings of Kane's abusive father.

Thompson then interviews Kane's personal business manager Mr. Bernstein , best friend Jedediah Leland , Susan for a second time, and Kane's butler Raymond . Other flashbacks show Kane's entry into the newspaper business and his profit-seeking with low-quality "yellow journalism." He takes control of the newspaper, the New York Inquirer, and hires all the best journalists . His attempted rise to power is documented, including his first marriage to Emily Monroe Norton , a President's niece, and his campaign for the office of governor of New York State. A "love nest" scandal ends both his marriage and his political aspirations. Kane remarries, but his domineering personality destroys his relationships and pushes away his loved ones.

Despite Thompson's interviews, he is unable to solve the mystery and concludes that "Rosebud" will forever remain an enigma. At that point, the camera pans over workers burning some of Kane's many possessions. One throws an old sled, with the word "Rosebud" painted on it, into the fire – the same sled that Kane was riding as a child the day his mother sent him away. There is a shot of a chimney with black smoke coming out. For the viewer this solves the "Rosebud" mystery: The sled is a token of the only time in his life when he was poor; but it also represents a time in which he was truly happy and wanted for nothing.

Director Results

Director Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Steven Spielberg 50% 
  2. 2. Stephen Steilberg 25% 
  3. 3. Martin Scorscese 25% 

Cast Results

Charles Foster Kane Total Votes: 7

  1. 1. Leonardo Dicaprio 57% 
  2. 2. Hugh Laurie 14% 
  3. 3. Phillip Seamour Hoffman 14% 
  4. 4. Jonathan Frakes 14% 

Jerry Thompson Total Votes: 2

  1. 1. Matt Damon 100% 

Bertha Anderson Total Votes: 2

  1. 1. Cate Blanchett 100% 

Signor Matiste Total Votes: 3

  1. 1. Stanley Tucci 66% 
  2. 2. Antonio Banderas 33% 

Charles Foster Kane III Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Tyler Patrick Jones 100% 

Jim W. Gettys Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Anthony Hopkins 100% 

Susan Alexander Kane Total Votes: 3

  1. 1. Scarlett Johansson 66% 
  2. 2. Sharon Stone 33% 

Jedediah Leland Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Jude Law 50% 
  2. 2. David James Elliott 25% 
  3. 3. Hugh Jackman 25% 

Walter Parks Thatcher Total Votes: 3

  1. 1. Ted Raimi 33% 
  2. 2. Liam Neeson 33% 
  3. 3. Frank Langella 33% 

Mary Kane Total Votes: 2

  1. 1. Ellen Pompeo 50% 
  2. 2. Jessica Lange 50% 

Herbert Carter Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Richard Griffiths 100% 

The Headwaiter Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Vincent Cassel 100% 

Kane's Father Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Sean Connery 100% 

Mr. Bernstein Total Votes: 3

  1. 1. Paul Guilfoyle 33% 
  2. 2. Billy Cryst 33% 
  3. 3. Kevin Spacey 33% 

Raymond Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Dan Hedaya 100% 

Young Charles Foster Kane Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Marcus Johns 100% 

Emily Monroe Norton Kane Total Votes: 2

  1. 1. Lisa Edelstein 50% 
  2. 2. Kate Beckinsale 50% 

Mr. Rawlston Total Votes: 1

  1. 1. Willem Dafoe 100% 

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