Ranked the greatest movie ever made by the prestigious American Film Institute, Citizen Kane (1941) is coming to the big screen as part of Coronado Island Film Festival’s Classic Movie Series. The groundbreaking film, which was written, produced, directed by, and also starred 25-year-old Orson Welles, will screen on Wednesday, March 28 at 5 pm at the Village Theatre. Tickets are now on sale at the theater box office at regular ticket prices. Early arrival is recommended for optimal seat selection. Doors will open at 4:30 pm.
Based on the colorful (sometimes scandalous) life of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, the film so infuriated Hearst that he sued to prevent its release, to no avail. Kane’s mansion, “Xanadu” in the film, was inspired by Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California. Veiled threats from Hearst were received by Welles right up to the Oscars ceremony, where the film garnered nine nominations and one win. Hearst also forbade any advertisements for the film to be printed in any of his newspapers.
Many innovative and experimental storytelling and cinematography techniques were pioneered during the shooting of this film, which to this day is studied in great detail by filmmaking classes everywhere. Learn more from movie expert and CIFF Executive Director Andy Friedenberg’s informative introduction of this timeless classic.
At the screening, theatre goers will be invited to take advantage of a limited time offer of “Early Bird Crown City 2018 Festival Passes” at greatly discounted prices for the Coronado Island Film Festival, to be held Nov. 9 – 12.