Episode #87 – The Continued Influence of Citizen Kane

Often touted as the greatest movie never made, Citizen Kane opened this week 80 years ago. It was not a commercial success in it’s initial release in 1941, but the Orson Welles classic is a tour-de-force of filmmaking that still resonates to this very day. Showcasing an innovative and complex narrative storytelling structure as well as new experimental filmmaking techniques that were cutting edge then and still remain impressive and even unconventional to this very day. Citizen Kane truly caught the world off-guard, and its effect can be felt even in modern movies today. Join us for our conversation about what makes Citizen Kane so Influential.


Zack Slater
Frank Melman (on Twitter)
Tommy Smithereens (on Twitter)
Clifton (on Twitter)

Produced by Zack Slater

Produced/Edited by Clifton (on Twitter)

Engineered by Mike BlueLion209

Music: Arpy – Dan Henig  
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Episode Notes for Citizen Kane

Kane running for governor standing on a stage point at a huge picture of himself behind him

Orson Welles (Age 23) on the cover of Time Magazine from May 1938

Fireplace perspective shift  

Warehouse Shot from the film

Referenced in Raiders of the Lost Ark

Bobo and Young Mr. Burns from The Simpsons

Opening to “Citizen Max” episode of Tiny Toon Adventures (Spanish, we couldn’t find the clip in English.  You might recognize some of the creators of this episode in the opening credits)

Citizen Kane homage with Donal Duck from Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse

Rosebud from The Real Ghostbusters “Ghostbuster of the Year” feturing the ghost of Charles Foster Hearse

Fun House Sequence from Orson Welles’ 1947 Noir The Lady From Shanghai

One take, Opening shot of Orson Welles’ 1958 Noir Touch of Evil

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