Making "Citizen Kane"

  • Season 2 , Ep 6
  • 08/05/2014
  • Views: 25,932

Using inside information gleaned by screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, Orson Welles makes a movie that sharply criticizes William Randolph Hearst. (2:57)

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WITH A ONE HERMAN MANKIEWICZ,SCREENWRITER,

AND MANKIEWICZ ALL OF A SUDDENSTARTS GOING LIKE,

YEAH, I WAS--I WAS ATSAN SIMEON THE OTHER WEEK,

AND ORSON'S LIKE,YOU HAVE INSIDE INFO

AND--AND LIKE LITTLE JUICYTIDBITS OF WHAT'S HAPPENING

AT THE HEARST CASTLE?

HE'S LIKE, OH, YEAH.

HE'S LIKE, OH [bleep],I HAVE AN INSIDE GUY.

DO TELL, DO TELL.

I PARTIED THERE REGULAR.

I'M HAVING DRINKS, SMOKING CIGS,DRINKING CHAMPY,

HAVING DELICIOUS APPETIZERSWITH MARION DAVIES

AND DOUGIE FAIRBANKSAND ALL THOSE PEOPLE, LOVING IT.

HE'S WITNESSING THIS STUFFFIRST HAND OF [chokes] HOLD ON.

[bleep]

SORRY, WHISKEY BEARD.

[laughs and burps]OH, MAMA.

BUT THEN HEARST WOULD LEAVETHESE PARTIES AND GO OUT

AND SPREAD ALLHIS NEWSPAPERS OUT

AND JUST LORD OVER HIS POWERS,

LIKE I CONTROL MEDIA,WHICH CONTROLS THE WORLD.

I AM [bleep] GOD.

AND ORSON GOES STOP.

I NEED YOU TO WRITE ME

A SCREENPLAY ABOUT THIS,

AND I AM GOING TO MAKE IT

INTO A FEATURE FILM.

DEAL WAS MADE.

ORSON WELLES KNEW THAT WE NEEDTO KIND OF KEEP THIS TOP SECRET,

AND KEEP IT UNDER WRAPSBECAUSE OF HEARST.

MANKIEWICZ WOULD POUNDOUT THE PAGES,

ORSON WELLES KEPT ONREADING THIS STUFF,

HE WAS LIKE,THIS IS AMAZING SCREENWRITING.

THIS IS GONNA BETHE BEST MOVIE EVER,

LIKE I'M MAKING A [bleep]KICKASS MOVIE MAN.

CAPICHE?

HE WROTE, PRODUCED,

DIRECTED,HE STARRED IN IT.

WHEN THE MOVIE WAS COMPLETE,

THE MOST POWERFULGOSSIP COLUMNIST OF THE TIME,

SHE SAID TO HEARST, THEY MADEMARION DAVIES LOOK LIKE

A COMPLETE FLOOZY,HORRIBLE PERSON.

I MEAN THE--THE WHOLE MOVIEWAS BASICALLY TRASHING

THE HEARST NAME.

HEARST HEARS ABOUT THIS,AND HE SEES RED.

HE STARTS THREATENINGANY NEWSPAPER OUT THERE

IF YOU PUT A REVIEW,IF YOU PUT AN AD OUT FOR THIS,

YOU'RE DONE.

HE TOLD EVERY MOVIE THEATRE,IF YOU RUN THIS MOVIE,

WE WILL NEVER PLACE AN AD FORONE OF YOUR FILMS EVER AGAIN.

SO.

HMM, UM.

OH, WHAT WAS I TALKING ABOUT?

- CITIZEN KANE?

- [laughs]THAT WAS VERY GENERAL,

UM [laughs]AH, RKO CALLED ORSON WELLES

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