Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane” celebrates its 75th anniversary this year with a new Blu-ray and DVD edition being released on Tuesday, November 15. A stunning trailer for the restored version of the film was shared this week, courtesy of USA Today, and you can check it out below.
Considered one of the greatest films of all time, “Citizen Kane” follows the life of publishing tycoon, Charles Foster Kane (Welles) and a news reporter assigned to decipher his dying words. The story shows the tragedies and triumphs of Kane’s life, from a happy childhood in snowy Colorado cut short, to a towering ascendance in the newspaper industry, to a dysfunctional marriage and more.
The critically acclaimed film was released on September 5, 1941 and was nominated for a total of nine Academy Awards, winning Best Original Screenplay.
The Warner Bros. classic will also have a special screening on Sunday, November 13 at the Los Angeles AFI Festival, followed by an AFI Master Class featuring close personal Welles friend Peter Bogdanovich.
“It’s a landmark film, not just Orson Welles’ best film but a masterpiece,” Bogdanovich told AFI. “It was a masterpiece then in 1941 and still is. It’s a brilliant symphony, and is exciting to watch. Everything about it is dynamic, and that very dynamism is the camouflage for the extremely sad story Welles tells. You’re not moved to tears by ‘Citizen Kane’ really, except as a kind of thrillingly done film.”
Check out the anniversary trailer below.