Release Date: May 1, 1941 - Distributor: RKO - Box Office: $1,585,634
Academy Awards (1942)
Won: Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Herman J. Mankiewicz, Orson Welles)
Nominated: Best Picture
Best Actor in a Leading Role (Orson Welles)
Best Director (Orson Welles)
Best Cinematography, Black-and-White (Gregg Toland)
Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration, Black-and-White (Perry Ferguson)
Best Sound, Recording (John Aalberg)
Best Film Editing (Robert Wise)
Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic Picture (Bernard Herrmann)
Tell me about the film
The scene where Kane destroys Susan's room after she's left him was done on the first take. Director/star Orson Welles' hands were bleeding, and he is quoted as saying, "I really felt it."
The film's opening - just the title, no star names - was almost unprecedented in 1941. It is now the industry norm for Hollywood blockbusters today.
To keep studio execs off his back, Orson Welles claimed the cast and crew were "in rehearsal" during the first few days of shooting, when in fact they were actually shooting the film. It took a number of days before the studio caught on.