Kottke on Kane

Simple and accurate film commentary on the great Citizen Kane (70th anniversary today):

Citizen Kane is The Beatles of movies, not just because of its universal influence and acclaim, or because it really does live up to the historical hype, but because on top of its arty aspirations, what it really wants to do is entertain the hell out of you.

This is the kind of encouraging film criticism that gets new viewers to watch classics that really are amazing pieces of work. (Citizen Kane is, after all, on nearly everyone’s list of 100 greatest films, including AFI).