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This day in 1943 (May 1st) Citizen Kane opens

As most classic film fans know Orson Welles film Citizen Kane is one of the most important and influential films of all time. However, when it opened in May of 1941 the movie was virtually a flop. Today marks the anniversary of the release of Citizen Kane at RKO Palace in New York City. The film was supposed to premiere at Radio City Music hall and would have but for William Randolph Hearst who called the Rockefeller's who owned it and got them to cancel. The film was a flop in large part because of the power of the Hearst press and his refusal to allow any ads for the film or mention of it in his newspapers. Despite Hearst Citizen Kane is a classic that most all film students study to this day.


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