Citizen Kane, January 8th, 1941: Hearst vs. Welles-Kane in Heavyweight Tilt, a shameful, ignominious defeat for W-K.

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Orson Welles was at his best when his art created controversy, we see that in practical application with his 1938 radio production of “The War of the Worlds”, gendering panic at the most and at the least confusion. Then with his first film project (his best and maybe the best period), “Citizen Kane”, 1941, Welles brought the wrath of William Randolph Hearst down upon the shoulders of his first venture into the movies; January 8th began his battle with the newspaper titan, which he would lose.

Hearst wielded considerable power in print, forbidding his papers to carry Kane, also, he pressured (blackmailed) certain of Hollywood that particular stories that had been held from print as favors would now be released if Kane were supported. Some movie house chains would not show Kane and with little advertising available Citizen was destined to gain few attentions early on. In a year that Citizen…

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