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CITIZEN KANE

Screenplay by Herman J. Mankiewicz

     Orson Welles

Produced by Orson Welles

Directed by Orson Welles

Cast List:

    Orson Welles Charles Foster Kane Joseph Cotton Jedediah Leland Dorothy Comingore Susan Alexander Everett Sloane Mr. Bernstein Ray Collins Boss J.W. "Big Jim" Gettys George Coulouris Walter Parks Thatcher Agnes Moorehead Mary Kane Paul Stewart Raymond Ruth Warrick Emily Norton Kane

PROLOGUE

    FADE IN:

EXT. XANADU FAINT DAWN 1940 (MINIATURE)

Window, very small in the distance, illuminated.

All around this is an almost totally black screen. Now, as the camera moves slowly towards the

    window which is almost a postage stamp in the frame, other forms appear; barbed wire, cyclone

    fencing, and now, looming up against an early morning sky, enormous iron grille work. Camera

    travels up what is now shown to be a gateway of gigantic proportions and holds on the top of it a

    huge initial "K" showing darker and darker against the dawn sky. Through this and beyond we see

    the fairy-tale mountaintop of Xanadu, the great castle a sillhouette as its summit, the little window

    a distant accent in the darkness.

    DISSOLVE:

A SERIES OF SET-UPS, EACH CLOSER TO THE GREAT WINDOW, ALL TELLING

    SOMETHING OF:

    The literally incredible domain of CHARLES FOSTER KANE.

Its right flank resting for nearly forty miles on the Gulf Coast, it truly extends in all directions

    farther than the eye can see. Designed by nature to be almost completely bare and flat it was, as will develop, practically all marshland when Kane acquired and changed its face it is now pleasantly uneven, with its fair share of rolling hills and one very good-sized mountain, all man-

    made. Almost all the land is improved, either through cultivation for farming purposes of through

    careful landscaping, in the shape of parks and lakes. The castle dominates itself, an enormous pile,

    compounded of several genuine castles, of European origin, of varying architecture dominates the scene, from the very peak of the mountain.

    DISSOLVE:

GOLF LINKS (MINIATURE)

Past which we move. The greens are straggly and overgrown, the fairways wild with tropical

    weeds, the links unused and not seriously tended for a long time.

    DISSOLVE OUT:

    DISSOLVE IN:

WHAT WAS ONCE A GOOD-SIZED ZOO (MINIATURE)

Of the Hagenbeck type. All that now remains, with one exception, are the individual plots,

    surrounded by moats, on which the animals are kept, free and yet safe from each other and the

    landscape at large. (Signs on several of the plots indicate that here there were once tigers, lions,

    girrafes.)

    DISSOLVE:

THE MONKEY TERRACE (MINIATURE)

In the foreground, a great obscene ape is outlined against the dawn murk. He is scratching himself

    slowly, thoughtfully, looking out across the estates of Charles Foster Kane, to the distant light

    glowing in the castle on the hill.

    DISSOLVE:

THE ALLIGATOR PIT (MINIATURE)

    The idiot pile of sleepy dragons. Reflected in the muddy water the lighted window.

THE LAGOON (MINIATURE)

    The boat landing sags. An old newspaper floats on the surface of the water a copy of the New York Enquirer." As it moves across the frame, it discloses again the reflection of the window in the

    castle, closer than before.

THE GREAT SWIMMING POOL (MINIATURE)

It is empty. A newspaper blows across the cracked floor of the tank.

    DISSOLVE:

THE COTTAGES (MINIATURE)

In the shadows, literally the shadows, of the castle. As we move by, we see that their doors and

    windows are boarded up and locked, with heavy bars as further protection and sealing.

    DISSOLVE OUT:

    DISSOLVE IN:

A DRAWBRIDGE (MINIATURE)

Over a wide moat, now stagnant and choked with weeds. We move across it and through a huge

    solid gateway into a formal garden, perhaps thirty yards wide and one hundred yards deep, which

    extends right up to the very wall of the castle. The landscaping surrounding it has been sloppy and

    causal for a long time, but this particular garden has been kept up in perfect shape. As the camera

    makes its way through it, towards the lighted window of the castle, there are revealed rare and

    exotic blooms of all kinds. The dominating note is one of almost exaggerated tropical lushness,

    hanging limp and despairing. Moss, moss, moss. Ankor Wat, the night the last King died.

    DISSOLVE:

THE WINDOW (MINIATURE)

Camera moves in until the frame of the window fills the frame of the screen. Suddenly, the light

    within goes out. This stops the action of the camera and cuts the music which has been

    accompanying the sequence. In the glass panes of the window, we see reflected the ripe, dreary

    landscape of Mr. Kane's estate behind and the dawn sky.

    DISSOLVE:

INT. KANE'S BEDROOM FAINT DAWN 1940

A very long shot of Kane's enormous bed, silhouetted against the enormous window.

    DISSOLVE:

INT. KANE'S BEDROOM FAINT DAWN 1940

A snow scene. An incredible one. Big, impossible flakes of snow, a too picturesque farmhouse and

    a snow man. The jingling of sleigh bells in the musical score now makes an ironic reference to

    Indian Temple bells the music freezes

    KANE'S OLD OLD VOICE

    Rosebud...

The camera pulls back, showing the whole scene to be contained in one of those glass balls which

    are sold in novelty stores all over the world. A hand Kane's hand, which has been holding the

    ball, relaxes. The ball falls out of his hand and bounds down two carpeted steps leading to the bed,

    the camera following. The ball falls off the last step onto the marble floor where it breaks, the

    fragments glittering in the first rays of the morning sun. This ray cuts an angular pattern across

    the floor, suddenly crossed with a thousand bars of light as the blinds are pulled across the

    window.

The foot of Kane's bed. The camera very close. Outlined against the shuttered window, we can see

    a form