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With the 75th anniversary of Citizen Kane in May 2016, Harlan Lebo has written the full story of Orson Welles' masterpiece film. The book explores Welles' meteoric rise to stardom in New York and the real reason behind his arrival in Hollywood and unprecedented contract with RKO Studios for total creative control. It also delves into the dispute over who wrote the script; the mystery of the "lost" final script; and the plot by Hearst to destroy Welles' project through blackmail, media manipulation, and other tactics. The author finally examines the surprising emergence of Citizen Kane as an enduring masterpiece.
Using previously unpublished material from studio files and the Hearst organization, exclusive interviews with the last surviving members of the cast and crew, and what may be the only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 copy of the "lost" final script of the film, Citizen Kane: A Filmmaker's Journey recounts the making of one of the most famous films in Hollywood history.
©2016 Harlan Lebo (P)2016 Tantor
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"[L]ibraries should be sure to have this on their shelves." (Library Journal)
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By katherine on 07-07-16

Book was great. Narrator was an amateur!

What didn’t you like about Tom Zingarelli’s performance?

If someone is going to narrate a book about the greatest film ever made, they might want to take two hours out of their lives and WATCH THE MOVIE! If the "narrator" had done that he would have known how to correctly pronounce one of the major character's names. It's "Bern-stEEN" not "Bern-STINE." That is such a careless error that I had to wonder why no one else working on this audio-book caught it. He says the name probably 100 times in the book. Really careless and amateurish.

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By Kenneth J. Souza on 06-14-16

Exhaustive, detailed look at a cinematic masterpiece

I thought I knew everything about CITIZEN KANE, but there were some great stories here. Most importantly the book dispels the often cited reasons behind the film's failure upon its original 1941 release. Very revealing and interesting.

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