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Citizen Kane (1941)


“[‘Citizen Kane’] may be more fun than any other great movie,” wrote Pauline Kael, godmother of all film critics. I have a hunch, however, that your average viewer will agree more with Peter Griffin of “Family Guy:” “It’s a sled. There, I just saved you two long, boobless hours.” Indeed, so many in the mainstream reflect Joey and Rachel in “Friends:” “Have you ever tried to sit through ‘Citizen Kane?'” “I know. It’s really boring, but it’s like a big deal.”

Trust me. “Citizen Kane” is the single most important film for you to understand, because it carries the very DNA required of every film critic, the blueprint for any serious filmmaker and the standard by which scholars judge the “great movies.” Understand this one, and you’ll have unlocked the most challenging end of the film spectrum. You’ll be well on your way to understanding the rest of the listology kings, the art masterpieces and the critical favorites that have mystified you for so long. Continue reading

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