Earlier in the month, on Orson Welles' 101st birthday, Fandor Keyframe posted "Meeting Kane", the first chapter in my Mirrors of Kane video essay series. (update: Fandor has since made this video private and I have re-located it to my personal channel - see below.) "Meeting Kane" is available on both Vimeo and YouTube (where it has joined a new Mirrors of Kane playlist to keep track of the series). Both are embedded below.
Here is the beginning of the intro I wrote for Fandor
Recently, Citizen Kane turned seventy-five. That’s five years older than writer/director/star Orson Welles when he passed away, and roughly three years younger than Charles Foster himself when he whispered his final “Rosebud”. Like those septuagenarians, the film remains celebrated, but—also like them—it may be misunderstood. The “greatest film all time” is placed on a lofty pedestal that commands distanced respect and resentment, rather than affection. Even its greatest admirers often emphasize the film’s technical achievements and immense influence over any emotional resonance. Most infamously, has been called “a shallow masterpiece” (Pauline Kael) and “a labyrinth without a center” (Jorge Luis Borges)—and much discussion surrounding the movie, however admiring, tends to concur with that judgment."
Continue reading on Fandor (though their video link doesn't work)