Citizen-Kane

Movies for the Resistance: Citizen Kane

(Welcome to Movies for the Resistance, a weekly column intended to showcase films with particular pertinence for 2017. One of the fundamental purposes of art in general, and movies in particular, is to serve as a spiritual armory: bringing hope, timely lessons and shared experiences when times are dark. They can move us to positive political action, lend insight to …

kane-borges

Today in Movie History: September 5

It’s a pretty quiet day today… save for one very special film. Orson Welles was all of 24 years old when RKO Pictures handed him the keys to the kingdom. He only produced one movie with the freedom he was promised before the studio decided he was an active menace and shut him down. Their decision ranks as one of the eternal …

Lady from Shanghai

Today in Movie History: June 9

Orson Welles’ filmmaking career wasn’t always a pretty one, mostly fueled by a desperate need to fund his own projects and leading to some very intriguing results. Few are most fascinating than The Lady from Shanghai, his 1948 noir thriller in which he co-starred along with his soon-to-be-ex-wife Rita Hayworth. Their deteriorating cat-and-mouse relationship — augmented by the obsessive jealousy of studio head …