Director: Orson Welles Starring: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead Running time: 119 mins
Subject: Charles Foster Kane, thought to be based on newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst, utters the word “rosebud” on his deathbed. What can this mean? Orson Welles’ beautiful picture is as visually enthralling as his lead man is unknowable. Old-friend-turned-viper and second-wife-turned-alcoholic paint their versions of Kane the man, while an intricate art deco set, and thrilling cinematography and editing create a world too big and beautiful to be unraveled.
Like: A maze you could wander forever.
Core truth: “I don’t think any word can explain a man’s life.”