"During the shooting of CITIZEN KANE, did you have the sensation of
making such an important film?"
"I never doubted it for a single instant."
Interview with Orson Welles. 1966.
Pleasure is worth what you can afford to pay for it
William Randolph Hearst. 1924
INT. LARGE, DARK ROOM_NIGHT
In the ebony shadows of a large room we can make out corners and edges,
moldings and cornices; the phantoms of decaying Victorian wealth
floating like disembodied ghosts in the darkness.
It is May 6, 1924 The harsh flare of a match being struck
A shadowy male figure lights a series of nine candles on a birthday
cake. Beyond the cake we can see a bed.
On the bed lies a woman in her early forties. She is ashen and sickly.
The shadowy male figure finishes lighting the candles, blows out the
match and disappears as the woman peers into the darkness.
Come into the light.. Come into the light
A nine-year-old boy steps into the light.
She pulls him close and whispers:
Never stand in the shadows --
You are made for the light, Orson Now you must blow
out your candles. But you must always remember, the
cake itself is nothing. The flame, the lights, that
is where your future lies. You must have a dream. A
great dream worthy of you.
The boy immediately spins to the cake and blows out the candles. A
moment of darkness. He turns back to the bed. The woman and the bed are
gone, faded into darkness.
The solemn young lad stares and stares into the darkness
And then, magically, the faint glimmer of twinkling stars fill his huge