BFI Film Classics

Citizen Kane

Authors: Mulvey, L.

  • Author is a wellknown and hugely influential film critic
  • Citizen Kane is likely to top the Sight & Sound poll of the top ten films of all time
  • New edition has a new introduction by the author
  • Published as part of the BFI Film Classics 20th anniversary series of special editions
  • Beautiful specially commissioned cover artwork by high profile designer Eric Skillman
  • Published to tie in with Sight & Sound magazine's poll of the top ten films of all time – results announced in August 2012 with tiein activities at BFI Southbank
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About this book

Citizen Kane's reputation as one of the greatest films of all time is matched only by the accumulation of critical commentary that surrounds it. What more can there be to say about a masterpiece so universally acknowledged? Laura Mulvey, in a fresh and original reading, illuminates the richness of the film, both thematically and stylistically, relating it to Welles's political background and its historical context. In a lucid and perceptive critique she also investigates the psychoanalytic structure that underlies the film's presentation of Kane's biography, for once taking seriously what Orson Welles himself disparagingly referred to as 'dollar-book Freud.'
  In her foreword to this special edition, published to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the BFI Film Classics series, Laura Mulvey focuses on the film's politics, highlighting the contemporary 'rhymes' in Kane's portrayal of a scandal-prone press baron in a time of economic crisis.

About the authors

LAURA MULVEY is Professor of Film and Media Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is the author of Fetishism and Curiosity (1996), Death Twenty-four Times a Second: Stillness and the Moving Image (2006), and Visual and Other Pleasures (2nd edition, 2010).

Buy this book

eBook $29.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-84457-715-6
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  • Included format: PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $19.95
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-84457-497-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • This title is currently reprinting. You can pre-order your copy now.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Citizen Kane
Authors
Series Title
BFI Film Classics
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave BFI
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-84457-715-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-84457-715-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-84457-497-1
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
104
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