Mary Poppins Returns
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I'm not saying that RKO 281 is any sort of Citizen Kane, but it's got the same appealing insouciance, plus a much more satisfying and dirty-minded explanation of the true meaning of Rosebud.
This hardly seen film is a great watch for ANY Welles fan.
entertaining; Schreiber is excellent
Wonderful TV movie about the pressures and ego clashes and politics surrounding the making of Citizen Kane.
High-pulp look at Citizen Kane's genesis is stylish but shallow.
Excellent. Liev Schreiber IS Orson Welles.
Liev Schreiber turns in a fascinating performance.
...factual details aside, Ross and Logan make the history live. "RKO 281" is no Citizen Kane... but in its own way it pays homage to Welles and his film...
Schrieber brings Orson Welles to life with a fantastic performance telling the story of making "Citizen Cane". There's much more drama and humor to it than I expected. Like the recent "Trumbo" film, this is a work best enjoyed by Hollywood history fans and cinema geeks.
Having watched this directly after first experiencing Citizen Kane, I found RKO to be insightful, informative, and rewarding. Liev Schreiber was great as Orson Wells, as was John Malkovich. The film had its limitations, it was only focused on the creation of, and aftermath of, Citizen Kane; I wish it had been more expansive in its look at Welles. The depiction of Hearst also felt inadequate, but it was passable considering the short running time. That said, what time the film did spend on both characters was effective. Overall a good film, and definitely a good companion piece to Citizen Kane.
Another great HBO independent film.
I am an Orson Welles fan, so I found it really interesting.
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