Citizen Kane Minute #12 – Sentimental Journey

CITIZEN KANE MINUTE #12 - Sentimental Journey

The greatest film of all time, five minutes at a time.

  • Minutes 55:00-1:00:00
  • Special Guest: Quizmaster Noah Tarnow

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5 responses to “Citizen Kane Minute #12 – Sentimental Journey

  1. Another 5 minutes that could be considered ‘the most important 5 minutes’.

    His meeting Susan and being enchanted and wanting to change her life is another fork in the road.

    Never saw the snowglobe before. Amazing. It represents her youth. That is why his seeing it prompts him to think of Rosebud.

    Great show.

  2. If I recall correctly, Roger Ebert mentions in his dvd commentary that this was Welles’ least favorite scene in the film. I can’t remember why he was dissatisfied. It accomplished a lot in a few moments. Susan is probably the most sympathetic character in the movie for me. I tend to agree with her appraisal of Kane later in the film. He didn’t really love her or consider marriage until the scandal broke.

  3. When a movie brings up the question of how long horses roamed New York City, I feel compelled to bring up “Speedy” from 1928 in which Harold Lloyd tries to save the last horse-drawn trolley car against modern competition. (This is probably the same part of my brain that obsesses over comics.)

    At RKO The Magnificent Ambersons’s staircase eventually converted to part of the boarding school of The Seventh Victim. The metaphor writes itself, doesn’t it?

  4. Great discussion as always gents. Don’t take for granted that everyone had electricity, even by the movie’s production year of 1941! My Dad was born in 1938, and his family’s rural home didn’t have electricity until he was 12 years old in 1950. They used oil lamps, and listened to their radio by attaching it to their car battery. Insane, I know!!!


    1. Parts of western Ireland (County Mayo) from where my family hails didn’t have electricity until the 1950s. My grandparents were born in 1901 & 1903 and there are stories of them bringing the animals into the home on very cold nights.

      Here in the Cleveland area we still have a couple of red brick streets rather than pavement.

      I’m so old that during elementary school every student went for lunch (an hour & a half) because everyone’s mother’s were at home.

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