“Perhaps the one American talking picture that seems as fresh now as the day it opened. It may seem even fresher.”
—Pauline Kael, The New Yorker
“It is still the best place I know of to start thinking about Welles — or for that matter about movies in general.”
—Dave Kehr, The Chicago Reader
By the time 25-year old Orson Welles made this masterpiece of the American Cinema he was already a household name thanks to his radio and stage endeavors. It’s a film that still crackles with innovation and nerve in its story of a newspaper tycoon whose life is not-very-loosely based on the real-life media kingpin William Randolph Hearst, who suppressed the film and its director for years after.