Citizen Hearst and Citizen Kane


Day course


Phil Grabsky

28 March 2021


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Citizen Hearst and Citizen Kane – The Tycoon and The Film An illustrated lecture about one of the most extraordinary Americans – William Randolph Hearst, who died in 1951 – and arguably the greatest American film in history – Citizen Kane – directed by Orson Welles and based on Hearst’s life. William Randolph Hearst, who died in 1951, is one of the most extraordinary individuals in American history. A wildly successful tycoon whose influences ranged over business, politics, show business and far more. His castle in San Simeon, California, remains a testament to his extravagance, his love of art and his self-belief. As the Second World War raged, a 25-year-old film-maker called Orson Welles made a film based on Hearst’s life. This film is widely considered the greatest film ever made. Its name is Citizen Kane. Phil Grabsky, an award-winning film-maker that has lectured at Dillington many times, returns to explore Citizen Hearst and Citizen Kane – and where truth and imagination met.

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