Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ACF Critic Series #32: Citizen Kane


For the two-year anniversary of the podcast, here’s Citizen Kane. We talk media moguls and politics; radio, TV, and Trump; democratic reform and the tyrannic soul; Progress and Eros. Here’s, for once, a defense of Orson Welles’s political wit, not movie magic! I talk to Telly Davidson, another of the few conservatives in Hollywood– a critic, author, and man toiling away in production. His most recent book is Culture War about, you guessed it, the ’90s, when the seeds were planted of the whirlwind keeping things interesting now. We’ll talk about it on our next podcast!


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  1. Gary McVey Contributor
    Gary McVey Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I don’t know how the hell you keep getting these great guests on the podcast, but keep up the good work!

    • #1
    • June 13, 2019, at 2:34 PM PDT
  2. James Lileks Contributor

    Casablanca is the greatest movie of all time; Citizen Kane is the greatest film.

    • #2
    • June 13, 2019, at 10:02 PM PDT
  3. Titus Techera Contributor
    Titus Techera

    Yeah, I’m inclined to back the people over the critics in this sort of situation!

    • #3
    • June 13, 2019, at 10:27 PM PDT
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  4. Gary McVey Contributor
    Gary McVey Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    If generation x-ers and millennials reflexively shrug at “Citizen Kane” because they’ve been clubbed over the head with it, I understand to some degree. But even in 1969, it was hard to fully appreciate how clever, how advanced “Kane” was in its day. 

    • #4
    • June 14, 2019, at 1:05 AM PDT
  5. Titus Techera Contributor
    Titus Techera

    All advancement of this kind wipes itself out. It seems impossible now to tell people that Disney’s live action remakes aren’t revolutionary in the sense the animations were. So techniques that cannot be connected to something less perishable–like human nature–end up a preserve of a few people whose interest is itself detached from any practice. Recipe for defeat, although there’s some nobility in hanging on to memories, to struggles overcome…

    • #5
    • June 15, 2019, at 5:29 AM PDT

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