Watch: Orson Welles' Original Studio Pitch Meeting for 'Citizen Kane'
by Ethan Anderton
August 22, 2012
The classic 1941 film Citizen Kane is an integral part of learning about the history of cinema and filmmaking for good reason. Orson Welles was an innovator in storytelling, cinematography and generally every arena of crafting a motion picture as he played with the medium in a way no filmmaker had before. From a story told through flashbacks, complete with the film's main character dying in the first scene, to his use of deep focus and other stunning camera tricks, Welles crafted a masterpiece. But it wasn't easy getting this film on the big screen in its final form. The studio pitch meeting did not go well decades ago. Watch!
I love that they keep Orson Welles in black and white for this video and of course the studio doesn't understand all the things about the film that make it great. "Typically the movie ends at the end of the movie." Sadly it's not hard to imagine studio conversations like this in the midst of Hollywood wanting mindless flicks. "What if Rosebud was something else like a sexy woman with big cans?" Oh, Hollywood!