Detroit Film Theatre


DFT 101: CITIZEN KANE

Saturday, June 23, 2012

2:00 PM Marvin & Betty Danto Lecture Hall

(USA/1941—directed by Orson Welles)

At age 25, theatrical wunderkind Orson Welles accepted an invitation from RKO studios to try his hand at moviemaking; the result is still considered by film critics worldwide as perhaps the greatest American film of the sound era. Loosely based on the life of newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst, Citizen Kane – co-written by Welles and Herman Mankiewicz – tells the story of a great man’s life through the eyes of those who knew him, resulting in a thrillingly multi-dimensional portrait that is as much a cubist biography as it is a psychological mystery. Featuring a largely new-to-movies cast drawn from Welles’ celebrated Mercury Theatre, Citizen Kane remains a marvel on every conceivable level; it’s as energetic, sophisticated and thoroughly entertaining today as it was upon its original release. Not dated in the slightest and still ahead of its time, Citizen Kane remains one of the cinema’s truly essential masterworks. (119 min.)

"Citizen Kane may be more fun than any other great movie."   -Pauline Kael, The New Yorker 
 

All screenings of the summer DFT 101 series will take place at 2:00 p.m. in the DIA’s Lecture Hall, located on the museum’s ground floor – use Woodward or Farnsworth for entry. Film admission to this series is included with the price of general DIA admission, and is free to DIA members as well.

The Café DIA, located just steps from the Lecture Hall, offers full food and beverage service and is open from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays.