Hearst shows heart after 71 years, black and dry like a stone.

Hearst family forgive Orson Welles for Citizen Kane after 71 years

Screening of Welles’ masterpiece at former home of William Randolph Hearst will lay to rest long-running feud
Citizen Kane  
Orson Welles’ masterpiece Citizen Kane provoked the anger of newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst. Photograph: Allstar/Cinetext/RKO

When Orson Welles’ masterpiece Citizen Kane first hit cinemas in 1941, newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst was distinctly unimpressed: the similarities between himself and Welles’ creation Charles Foster Kane were too strong to be ignored. The powerful press baron went out of his way to derail the movie. Now, more than 70 years later, it seems that the family of the pre-eminent US media impresario of the early part of the last century has finally forgiven Welles after agreeing to a screening of Citizen Kane at the Hearst Castle visitor centre in California.


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