Tuesday, August 14, 2007
I came across a post the other day on Wellesnet pointing us to a statement issued by Welles on the meaning of Citizen Kane around the time of the movie's release. His statement goes counter to the wide-spread belief that Kane was based on publisher William Randolph Hurst. Was Welles telling the truth? Or was he trying to deny any link between Hurst and Kane? I'll leave that to others to decide, but there is some very interesting stuff in the statement about the type of story Welles wanted to tell and about his decisions in shaping the character of Charles Foster Kane.