Browsing: Citizen Kane

By the heady standards of Alfred Hitchcock, his 1958 film Vertigo was a failure. It only just broke even at the box office at a time when the director’s films where raking in money. It received a lukewarm reception from the critics, who sniffed that it was “only a murder mystery” not worthy of two hours of screen time. Those same critics

Citizen Kane has enthralled and frustrated critics, filmmakers and audiences ever since its premiere in May 1941, writes Lance Harris. The hard-to-please Pauline Kael — perhaps the most influential American film critic of the 20th century – called