I'm new to the community and there's something I'd like to ask anyone who's still hanging around here. Hopefully we can get a bit of discussion going.I wanted to ask if you think that Citizen Kane is worth the price paid for it. Meaning of course, is having Kane worth losing all the pictures Orson could have made if he hadn't had some of the most powerful people in Hollywood after his blood right from his film début? Or is it impossible to say?Would he have been able to hang on to his contract and make lucrative films even without the troubles with CK?
I'm going to go out on a limb and say that I don't believe Citizen Kane is Orson Welles' greatest work. I feel that it is technically and stylistically brilliant and that circumstances came together in such a way that he was able to throw everything he had at it, but I have never thought of it as the pinnacle of his career.I think Kane was absolutely vital to Welles' growth and development as an artist. I also think that, as has already been alluded to, the failure of the Hollywood machine to recognize Welles' genius wasn't solely responsible for the path his career eventually took.
But do you think that CK was worth losing the support of Hollywood that much sooner and more violently (possibly damaging his prospects a lot more than they otherwise would have been, or at least doing it faster)? I mean, the way it worked out, this is the film the world at large remembers; it might not have been that way if not for the controversy. Though, as I said above, that might have meant Welles wouldn't have received any of the recognition he deserves from modern film scholarship. Sorry, I'm not even sure where I'm going with this. ;P