Citizen Kane is a 1941 American film, directed by and starring Orson Welles. It is highly regarded for its innovative cinematography, music and narrative structure.
The film was nominated for Academy Awards in nine categories, and won the award for Best Writing (original screenplay). The character of Charles Foster Kane, as played by Welles, is based on the American newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. The film follows Kane's progression from idealism and altruism to power-hungry ruthlessness. Welles, despite being a first-time film director, was given the freedom to develop his own story and use his own cast and crew.