I’m going to open this post with brutal honesty. I, Georgia Wright, barmaid at The Cat’s Back, lover of dogs, cheese and gin- have never seen Citizen Kane. Usually, when I share this information with people at a bar, or round a dinner table I get two responses. The first being complete and utter outrage and the second, a welcomed “oh my god I haven’t seen it either.”
I have no issue with either response, and if you tell me Citizen Kane is an absolute must see, and the greatest film ever made in our lifetime- I’ll believe you. This post is not directed at the people who have already seen it. Actually, it’s not even directed at those who haven’t.
It is directed at all of you, and you know who you are- that have pretended to have seen Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane, for fear of social rejection. I have it on good authority that Citizen Kane is actually one of the greatest films ever made, and I don’t blame you for giving in to the peer pressure of not wanting to seem like the only one in the room (and on the planet) that has never seen it.
So, this is it- this is your chance to never have to go through the ordeal again. You’ll never have to worry that, after you instinctively said: “ah yeah, Citizen Kane, what a classic,” that someone might actually ask you about the plot. And what’s better, you can watch it all with a pint in your hand. Though, I’ve also been told this film is on the longer side, so perhaps a bottle of wine instead.
If you’re still not convinced, here is a small excerpt from Bosley Crowther’s New York Times review of the film released in 1941-
“All we can say, in conclusion, is that you shouldn’t miss this film. It is cynical, ironic, sometimes oppressive and as realistic as a slap. But it has more vitality than
fifteen other films we could name. And, although it may not give a thoroughly clear answer, at least it brings to mind one deeply moral thought: For what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul? See “Citizen Kane” for further details.”
(click here for the full review if you would like to read the rest)
So- if you love the film, come and bring your friends, and if you (like me) have never even watched the trailer, why not come and see what all the fuss is about. Then you can be the one, asking about Citizen Kane at bar full of people, spotting which ones are lying to you when they say they have.
Remember guys, tomorrow-
Thursday the 8th of November at 8PM.
Film Club at The Cat’s Back- 86-88 Point Pleasant, London SW18 1NN.
We hope to see you there!