New Book On `Citizen Kane' Tells the Whole Story

Thu. May 4, 2000 12:00 AM by Business Wire

Los Angeles, CA - He terrified America with a Halloween prank; he dazzled Broadway with his dynamic theatrical productions; and when Orson Welles went to Hollywood to make his first film, he stunned the motion picture industry and audiences around the world by creating a cinematic masterpiece: "Citizen Kane."

Film writer Harlan Lebo has created a completely revised and expanded new edition of his critically praised book about the making of "Citizen Kane" -- called by one reviewer "the definitive book on America's best motion picture."

Now with more than 100 new pages and unique reference guides, an additional 40,000 words, and never-before-published interviews, "Citizen Kane -- A Filmmaker's Journey" remains the only book ever written for general interest readers that describes the full story of the creation, production and release of Orson Welles' masterpiece.

A special numbered and autographed limited edition of "Citizen Kane -- A Filmmaker's Journey" has been published to celebrate Orson Welles' 85th birthday on May 6.

All copies of "Citizen Kane -- A Filmmaker's Journey" ordered during May 2000 will be individually numbered and autographed by author Harlan Lebo.

Full details about the book are available on its Web site,

Controversial Saga

"Citizen Kane -- A Filmmaker's Journey" recounts one of the most exciting chapters in Hollywood history: Orson Welles' meteoric rise to stardom, the controversy behind Welles' arrival in Hollywood, his unprecedented contract with RKO Studios, the debate over the credit for the script, the frantic production schedule, the intrigue behind the plot by the forces of publishing powerhouse William Randolph Hearst to destroy Welles' project, and the rise of "Citizen Kane" to the pinnacle of American film.

With 304 pages and 26 photos, "Citizen Kane -- A Filmmaker's Journey" features:

-- All of the text from Lebo's original 50th anniversary book on "Citizen Kane" -- now with more than 100 pages and 40,000 words of new material.

-- A shot-by-shot guide to every scene in "Citizen Kane."

-- The most complete cast and crew list from "Citizen Kane" ever published.

-- A comprehensive listing of other books, research material, and sources of information about Orson Welles and "Citizen Kane."

-- Articles by cinematographer Gregg Toland and composer Bernard Herrmann about their work on "Citizen Kane."

-- A foreword written by Robert Wise, the editor of "Citizen Kane."

-- Interviews with actors and associates of Orson Welles from the Mercury Theatre and the production team of "Citizen Kane."

-- Complete original reviews by some of America's foremost film writers.

Copies of "Citizen Kane -- A Filmmaker's Journey" ordered before May 31 are $15.95 each (plus $3 shipping and handling in the U.S.; $5 Canada, $11 other countries). California residents add $1.32 tax.
The publication price after May 2000 is $18.95, plus shipping and handling.

For additional information, excerpts, and reviews, see the book's Web site at

Mail orders with check or money order can be sent to WGI Publishing, P.O. Box 64381, Los Angeles, CA 90064.

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