Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!
It’s about time Citizen Kane rears its head around these parts. Orson Welles has shown up from time to time, but not his debut film which is widely considered the best film ever made.
I don’t go quite that far, but I love the movie. I can point to movies I enjoy more, that touch me more, that impress me more, but what’s amazing about watching Kane now is seeing the language of film being set. There were spectacles before Kane, but Welles really broke the mold, taking filmmaking from a more traditional stage-bound theatricality to an open fluidity that we now permanently associate with filmed storytelling.
Even if there was nothing else to like in that movie the technical achievement would be enough to justify the praise, but there’s more to the movie. Kane is a great character that’ll have you laughing one minute and crying the next and Welles’ troupe (including my favorite, Joseph Cotton) are all a pleasure to watch.
So, enjoy the photo! Yes, that’s Welles on the right directing with a broken ankle. I’d love to believe that big horn-shaped machine was a giant bullhorn that Welles used to blast direction at his actors and crew, but it’s probably just a big light. A fella can dream, can’t he?
Tomorrow’s pic is going on a bug hunt.