Watch: Orson Welles' Original Studio Pitch Meeting for 'Citizen Kane'

August 22, 2012

Rejected Pitches - Citizen Kane

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!

Here's Above Average's Rejected Pitches featuring Orson Welles' Citizen Kane via ScreenRant:

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!

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Reader Feedback - 6 Comments


Well fuck. I thought that was Paul Giamatti and this was a real project. Funny video none the less.

Gettys on Aug 22, 2012


Passing off a satire piece as authentic is not funny.

Jim on Aug 22, 2012


Did you actually think there was a video of the pitch meeting? The image itself is of him in black and white with the rest in colour. Didn't that tip you off?

Triangle Dimes on Aug 22, 2012


actually, this is quite close to how the real pitch went, and how most other Orson Wells pitches went, right up until Transformers.

Dan Hibiki on Aug 23, 2012


Mr. Wheels! Nice.

Isildur_of_Numenor on Aug 23, 2012


Kandy Kane is the in-flight movie to hell.

Ren on Aug 23, 2012

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