1941: Citizen Kane: What Makes A Masterpiece?

The word ‘masterpiece’ originally referred to the work that an apprentice would present before becoming  a member of a guild, a piece of work for which they would be worthy of being called a master. In this video essay, One Hundred Years of Cinema discusses Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane, to understand– what makes this film tower above all others?


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