PRESENTED BY SCREEN NEXT THE SEA
At Alderman Peel High School,
Market Lane,Wells NR23 1RB
The Classic Film
Directed by Orson Welles and starring Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead & Everett Sloane
Given extraordinary freedom by Hollywood studio RKO for his debut film, boy wonder Orson Welles created a modern masterpiece that is regularly voted among the best films ever made. It presents a fictionalised version of one of America’s most powerful men in the 1930’s and 40’s – press baron William Randolph Hearst – in the shape of Charles Foster Kane (played by Welles himself), who decides to start a newspaper with his inherited money. As its fortunes rise and rise and Kane becomes more and more powerful at the head of his newspaper empire, the corrupting effects of his power start to emerge. From the opening shots of his mansion Xanadu at night the film is packed with visual imagination and invention; shot in crisp black and white, it was way ahead of its time and still speaks to us today about power and how it can corrupt.