Friday, November 20, 2015
SECU Auditorium, East Building
(1941) Written, directed by, and starring Orson Welles. Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead. (119 min.)
Orson Welles, a 26-year-old boy wonder, stormed cinema with a Shakespearian exposé of a power-mad media mogul’s rise and fall. His daring subject, splintered timeline, and bold visuals sent a shock wave through Hollywood, which never quite forgave him for being a genius. Citizen Kane has topped the best-of cinema lists for decades.
“Citizen Kane still feels fresh and contemporary . . . it shows Welles to be a master of genre, it’s a newspaper comedy, a domestic melodrama, a gothic romance, and a historical epic” (A. O. Scott, New York Times).
The screening will be followed by a discussion and audience Q&A moderated by Frank Stasio, host of WUNC’s The State of Things and featuring NCMA film curator Laura Boyes and NCSU film studies professor Marsha Gordon. The program will be taped for a forthcoming Movies on the Radio segment of The State of Things.