Sep 13, 2011

"There's no secret to how you attack somebody.

The "Godfather" of Fox News

The one who let it all slip away.
 You call them a dirty son of a bitch.  And if you can't use the word son of a bitch you put it in something else in the paper ...  And you always suggest sodomy.  Always.  That's important.  And the communism business, which was lousy, a cheap, rotten way to hurt somebody.  And it would stick in America.  You know, by pointing a finger and calling him a communist.  That could stick."

That is a quote from Jimmy Breslin about William Randolph Hearst and Orson Welles, from the Oscar-nominated documentary, The Battle Over Citizen Kane.  (Made by two gentlemen named Epstein and Lennon, which I have always found amusing.) 

And you would like to believe that things have changed in seventy years.  But they have not, really.


Today sees the release of the 70th Anniversary Edition of Citizen Kane on blu-ray.  All editions include The Battle Over Citizen Kane with the 1941 masterpiece. 

What Pauline Kael said decades ago is just as true, if perhaps, truer today:  "Citizen Kane is perhaps the one American talking picture that seems as fresh now as the day it opened.  It may seem even fresher." 

She is so right.

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