Orson Welles’s work is considered one of the most important titles in film history, leading to many filmmaking techniques that are still in use today.
“Citizen Kane ‘presents an almost clinical dissection of a complete egoist,” the review reads. It goes on to dismiss the film’s use of a moody set: “I only know that it gives a creep and I wanted them to let in a little sunshine.”
The offending review appears to be written anonymously, with a byline “Mae Teane” having a clear sentence on “Matinee”.
The write-up noted the hype that had already surrounded the film upon its release, but critics were not yet unpublished. “Citizen Kane ‘fails to impress reviewer most filmed scenes,” the headline reads.
Wells had a 25-year-old event when his first feature film, based on the life of the newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst. He also starred in the film, and his directorial creativity – with cinematographer Greg Toland’s distinctive deep focus frame and unusually angled shots – revolutionized film-making.