Orson Welles (seated by the giant megaphone) directs a scene from 1941′s ‘Citizen Kane’ while laid up with a broken ankle he suffered during the shoot. The visor-adorned gentleman next to the camera is cinematographer Gregg Toland.
“Not surprisingly, one of the first filmmakers to embrace the possibilities of the movie trailer was one of cinema’s great innovators — Orson Welles. The trailer for ‘Citizen Kane’ has no actual footage from the movie — something of a rarity. Instead, the trailer serves as a curious four-minute long documentary featuring behind-the-scenes footage and short vignettes of characters reacting to the movie’s mysterious central character. Critic and actor Simon Callow argued in his book ‘Orson Welles: The Road to Xanadu’ that the trailer for Kane was just as groundbreaking as the movie. It’s all shot with the same look as Kane — deep focus and expressionistic lighting.” —Jonathan Crow, Open Culture: Watch Orson Welles’ Trailer for Citizen Kane: As Innovative as the Film Itself
Join us in the most complete investigation in the origins and making of one of the most important films in cinema history — ‘The Complete Citizen Kane’ (BBC, 1991).
Herman J. Mankiewicz & Orson Welles’ screenplay for ‘Citizen Kane’ [pdf]. (NOTE: For educational purposes only)
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