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Citizen KaneCitizen Kane: the #1 favorite film of 100% of freshman film school students and young lovers of cinema. (Remember Michael Scott’s nephew, Luke? Case in point.) Though the title of “greatest movie ever” is impossible to possess, Citizen Kane’s praises have become so commonplace that, unfortunately, some tend to take its cinematic command for granted — even though the film proved Orson Welles and famed cinematographer Gregg Toland to be real pioneers of the craft. Take a look at these incredibly insightful documentaries about the making of Welles’ masterpiece, and renew your appreciation for a truly groundbreaking piece of cinema. More »

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Welles Suiting UpIn his “boy wonder” days, Orson Welles staged nationally-recognized productions of Macbeth while still a teenager, frightened the country half to death with The War of The Worlds, produced/wrote/directed/starred in Citizen Kane at the age of 25, and then went into a slow, decades-long decline — struggling to find financing and autonomy from a Hollywood that was, to say the least, wary of him. The man had a career unlike anyone else. Welles had countless unfinished projects — among them The Dreamers, an adaptation of 2 short stories that he tried to make near the end of his career in the early 80s. The screenplay of this partially made film has become available to download, and it’s required reading for any Wellesophile, or anyone interested in great movies.  More »

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Citizen SteveEver had the pressure of needing to get a really sweet birthday present for a friend? What if that friend was Steven Spielberg? What do you get a guy who is one of the biggest directors in Hollywood? For his 40th birthday in 1987, John Candy and Dan Aykroyd — with appearances by Robert Zemeckis, Frank Marshall, George Lucas, Robin Williams, Michael Jackson, and many more — teamed up for a clever homage to Citizen Kane chronicling Spielberg’s life and career, and his “Amblin Empire.” The title? Citizen Steve. Check it out below. More »