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The making of Citizen Kane /
Robert L. Carringer.
imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1985.
description
xiv, 180 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0520053672
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imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1985.
isbn
0520053672
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
3272019
 
Bibliography: p. 165-171.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1986-01:
A small volume but highly informative. Carringer (University of Illinois) has provided a very detailed technical account of the production of Citizen Kane. He regards Kane as a ``collaborative process,'' and insists that Welles's ``collaborators'' on the film helped make it first a critical success and now a cult and popular success. Carringer agrees with the Kael-Houseman theory that Herman J. Mankiewicz, and not Welles, wrote the script. He also demonstrates major contributions made by the composer, orchestrator, conductor, and recording supervisor, Bernard Herrmann; by Gregg Toland, the inspired director; and by Perry Ferguson, the talented art director. Carringer also suggests that the failure of Welles's other projects, such as Heart of Darkness and The Magnificent Ambersons, was caused by the lack of brilliant collaborators on those films. Detailed though this book is, one should know the film to appreciate it. For many people, Citizen Kane remains a memory of a screeching white cocktaoo; of a burning sled with ``Rosebud'' stenciled on it; of one man standing alone, applauding, in an opera-house box; of a glass globe filled with artificial snow falling from a lifeless hand. College and university libraries.-E.M. Blistein, Brown University
Appeared in Library Journal on 1996-11-15:
It seems that the moviegoing public just can't get enough of Orson Welles and Charlie Kane (see Video Reviews, this issue, p. 98). Carringer's 1985 volume offers and a nuts-and-bolts description of Kane's production. This revised and updated edition has been enlarged to include a new preface, new photos, and a discussion of Welles's second feature, The Magnificent Ambersons. Though volumes on Orson and Kane abound, this "is well researched and generally well written" (LJ 7/85). Considering Kane's importance to American film, this is essential for all movie collections. If you're talking movies, you're talking Kane. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Choice, January 1986
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Summaries
Long Description
Citizen Kane, widely considered the greatest film ever made, continues to fascinate critics and historians as well as filmgoers. While credit for its genius has traditionally been attributed solely to its director, Orson Welles, Carringer's pioneering study documents the shared creative achievements of Welles and his principal collaborators.The Making of Citizen Kane, copiously illustrated with rare photographs and production documents, also provides an in-depth view of the operations of the Hollywood studio system. This new edition includes a revised preface and overview of criticism, an updated chronology of the film's reception history, a reconsideration of the locus of responsibility of Welles's ill-fatedThe Magnificent Ambersons, and new photographs.
Main Description
Citizen Kane, widely considered the greatest film ever made, continues to fascinate critics and historians as well as filmgoers. While credit for its genius has traditionally been attributed solely to its director, Orson Welles, Carringer's pioneering study documents the shared creative achievements of Welles and his principal collaborators.The Making of Citizen Kane, copiously illustrated with rare photographs and production documents, also provides an in-depth view of the operations of the Hollywood studio system.
Main Description
Citizen Kane, widely considered the greatest film ever made, continues to fascinate critics and historians as well as filmgoers. While credit for its genius has traditionally been attributed solely to its director, Orson Welles, Carringer's pioneering study documents the shared creative achievements of Welles and his principal collaborators. The Making of Citizen Kane, copiously illustrated with rare photographs and production documents, also provides an in-depth view of the operations of the Hollywood studio system.
Table of Contents
Preface
A Word on Sources
Acknowledgments
Heart of Darknessp. 1
Scriptingp. 16
Art Directionp. 36
Cinematographyp. 67
Postproduction and Releasep. 87
Collaboration and The Magnificent Ambersonsp. 122
Appendix: Outtakesp. 137
Production Creditsp. 149
Notesp. 153
Bibliographyp. 167
Indexp. 175
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