9781250077530

Citizen Kane A Filmmaker's Journey

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  • ISBN13:

    9781250077530

  • ISBN10:

    1250077532

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 4/26/2016
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

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Summary

“This book is a gold mine for fans.”—Kirkus Reviews
It is the story of a film masterpiece—how it was created and how it was almost destroyed.

It is the celebration of brilliant achievement and a sinister tale of conspiracy, extortion, and Communist witch hunts.

It is the chronicle of a plot orchestrated in boardrooms and a mountaintop palace, as a media company that claimed to stand for “genuine democracy” defied the First Amendment and schemed to burn Hollywood’s greatest creation.

Citizen Kane: A Filmmaker’s Journey is the extraordinary story of the production of Orson Welles’ classic film, using previously unpublished material from studio files and the Hearst organization, exclusive interviews with the last surviving members of the cast and crew, and what may be the only surviving copies of the “lost” final script.

Harlan Lebo charts the meteoric rise to stardom of the twenty-three-year-old Orson Welles, his defiance of the Hollywood system, and the unprecedented contract that gave him near-total creative control of his first film. Lebo recounts the clashes between Welles and studio executives eager to see him fail, the high-pressure production schedule, and the groundbreaking results. Lebo reveals the plot by the organization of publisher William Randolph Hearst to attack Hollywood, discredit Welles, and incinerate the film. And, at last, he follows the rise of Citizen Kane to its status as the greatest film ever made.

Author Biography

HARLAN LEBO is a senior fellow at the Center for the Digital Future in the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He has written books about The Godfather, Casablanca, and a coffee-table photo book on Citizen Kane, and served as a historical consultant to Paramount Pictures for the 50th anniversary of the theatrical release of Citizen Kane. He lives in California.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
A Note on the Illustrations and the Text
Citizen Kane: A Recollection

PART ONE
1 Before the Beginning
2 The Beard and the Contract
3 The Script
4 The Consequences of His Actions
5 RKO Production #281
6 A Great Deal of Doing
7 No Visitors, Please
8 Giggling Like Schoolboys
9 Cryptic Notes and Bigger Hams

PART TWO
10 Conflict
11 Negotiating and Placating
12 Mr. Hearst
13 Release
14 Triumph
15 After the End

Viewer’s Guide to Citizen Kane
Cast and Production Credits
Gregg Toland: “I Broke the Rules in Citizen Kane”
Bernard Herrmann: A Conversation at the George
Eastman House
Citizen Kane: Scene- by- Scene Guide
The Bud get
RKO Soundstages
Resources About Orson Welles and Citizen Kane
Notes
Bibliography
List of Illustrations
Index

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