Leonard Maltin announces today's AFI Movie Club selection: CITIZEN KANE. The film is ranked #1 on both AFI's original and 10th anniversary lists of the greatest American movies ever made.
The pivotal opening line of the film, "Rosebud," that Charles Foster Kane utters in his last moments, appears at #17 on the American Film Institute's list of all-time greatest movie quotes. Orson Welles – the director, producer, co-writer and star of CITIZEN KANE – received the third AFI Life Achievement Award in 1975.
DID YOU KNOW? Orson Welles invented and perfected the "deep focus shot" with cinematographer Gregg Toland. The distinctive shot gives clarity to both foreground and background elements, thereby providing the illusion of depth. Watch this exclusive AFI Archive video in which filmmakers including Steven Spielberg, Debbie Reynolds and Martin Scorsese talk about CITIZEN KANE