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Promotional still for the 1941 film Citizen Kane

Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten in promotional still for Citizen Kane in which both co-starred (all images in this blog are labeled free for reuse). Welles won Oscar for his directorial debut (not for the direction but for the screenplay he co-wrote with Herman J. Mankiewicz), released just six months before the attack on Pearl Harbor. In a 1941 review, Jorge Luis Borges called Citizen Kane a metaphysical detective story, in that subject (both psychological and allegorical) is the investigation of a man’s inner self, through the works he has wrought, the words he has spoken, the many lives he has ruined. Charles Foster Kane itself in Borges’ words is a simulacrum, a chaos of appearances.

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