PRAISING KANE

MONEY! POWER! MAJOR EGOS! THE STORY BEHIND CITIZEN KANE IS AS RICH AS THE GREAT MOVIE ITSELF. A NEW BOOK AND TV DOCUMENTARY TELL WHY

THERE IT STANDS, THE FAMILIAR colossus, atop most lists of all-time greatest movies. And aside from the breadth and wit of the thing, its brooding on the very American subjects of power and celebrity, there is a reason why Citizen Kane is often named the world's best film: because it wants to be. Critics and audiences still respond to its eagerness to create a unique world and to be recognized for this grand achievement. The film both pants for approval and demands to be approached in awe. Glowing with boyish brazenness, Kane is an inspiration to all who see it, especially...

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