1940. Film studio RKO hires 24-year-old wunderkind Orson Welles under a contract that gives him full creative control of his movies. For his first film, he calls in washed-up alcoholic Herman J Mankiewicz to write the screenplay. That film is "Citizen Kane," and this is the story of how it was written.
Did You Know?
When filming scenes set at night, the filmmakers used cinematography technique called "day for night" - a method by which scenes shot during the day were underexposed to simulate night. To achieve the effect, extra lights were focused on the actors' faces to ensure that they'd remain visible. Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried had to wear special contacts to protect their eyes and so they wouldn't squint under the heavy lights. See more
At about 5:57, when Herman Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman
) is talking to Orson Welles (Tom Burke
) on the telephone, Welles turns his head, and the prosthetic nose used to make the actor's profile resemble the real Orson Welles
is loose at the top, like it is about to peel off. See more
[referring to "Citizen Kane"
I hope, if this gets made, you'll forgive me.
And I hope, if it doesn't, you''ll forgive me.
The Netflix logos at the beginning and end are in full color, despite the film being in black and white. See more
California, Here I Come
Written by Al Jolson
, Buddy G. DeSylva
(as B.G. DeSylva), and Joseph Meyer
Performed by Al Jolson
Courtesy of Geffen Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises See more