Tonight is movie night in my house. “Citizen Kane,” a film portrait about newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane, airs at 8 p.m. on TCM.
Orson Welles was one of a handful of actors to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for this performance of Kane. The film was a commercial flop, though it is considered by most film historians to be one of the best films ever made.
What do you remember about the classic film and its stars?
1. The film won an Academy Award for what?
2. What was the last word spoken by Kane at his death? What was its significance?
3. Welles was how old when he co-wrote, directed and starred in the film?
4. Welles died the same day as another actor. Name him.
5. “Citizen Kane” was loosely based on the life of which American newspaper magnate?
6. Which actress played Kane's mother?
7. This actor starred as Kane's best friend, and was often cast in Welles' movies.
8. Who co-wrote the screenplay with Welles?
9. Welles had just made a name for himself broadcasting this H.G. Wells' novel on radio when RKO Studios gave him a contract (with full control, no less) to make “Citizen Kane.”
Answers: 1. Best Writing, Original Screenplay. 2. “Rosebud,” which was his childhood sled. 3. 25. 4. Yul Brynner. 5. William Randolph Hearst. 6. Agnes Moorehead. 7. Joseph Cotten. 8. Herman J. Mankiewicz. 9. “The War of the Worlds.”