Citizen Kane script
Citizen Kane (1941)
Synopsis: When a reporter is assigned to decipher newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane's (Orson Welles) dying words, his investigation gradually reveals the fascinating portrait of a complex man who rose from obscurity to staggering heights. Though Kane's friend and colleague Jedediah Leland (Joseph Cotten), and his mistress, Susan Alexander (Dorothy Comingore), shed fragments of light on Kane's life, the reporter fears he may never penetrate the mystery of the elusive man's final word, "Rosebud."


It is empty. A newspaper blows across the cracked floor of

the tank.



In the shadows, literally the shadows, of the castle. As we

move by, we see that their doors and windows are boarded up

and locked, with heavy bars as further protection and sealing.




Over a wide moat, now stagnant and choked with weeds. We move

across it and through a huge solid gateway into a formal garden,

perhaps thirty yards wide and one hundred yards deep, which

extends right up to the very wall of the castle. The

landscaping surrounding it has been sloppy and causal for a

long time, but this particular garden has been kept up in

perfect shape. As the camera makes its way through it, towards

the lighted window of the castle, there are revealed rare and

exotic blooms of all kinds. The dominating note is one of

almost exaggerated tropical lushness, hanging limp and

despairing. Moss, moss, moss. Ankor Wat, the night the last

King died.



Camera moves in until the frame of the window fills the frame

of the screen. Suddenly, the light within goes out. This

stops the action of the camera and cuts the music which has

been accompanying the sequence. In the glass panes of the

window, we see reflected the ripe, dreary landscape of Mr.

Kane's estate behind and the dawn sky.

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Herman J. Mankiewicz

Herman Jacob Mankiewicz was an American screenwriter, who, with Orson Welles, wrote the screenplay for Citizen Kane. Earlier, he was the Berlin correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and the drama critic for The New York Times and The New Yorker. more…

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