Tuesday, June 29, 2004
"Rosebud!" With this single mysterious word Orson Welles' mind-bending movie Citizen Kane is set in motion. Though it was reviled and buried upon its 1941 release, the film has since become a true classic, topping critics' and audiences' lists of the best pictures year after year. Ostensibly the fictional story of a hard-driving and unprincipled newspaper editor (an unvarnished portrait of yellow journalism impresario William Randolph Hearst, most agree), Kane is a little dry in parts and also a tad long (it runs almost two hours). But its unparalleled and enormously influential black-and-white cinematography, its beautiful score (by Bernard Herrmann), and its visual jokes, double-entendres, and savage political digs make Welles' magnum opus a pleasure to watch even now -- particularly for those who still read the daily San Francisco paper Hearst once turned into his personal mouthpiece. Renew your citizenship at 3 p.m. (and again at 7) at the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro (near Market), S.F. Admission is $5.50-8.50; call 621-6120 or visit www.castrotheatre.com.
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