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Like the collision of the Titanic and the iceberg, the conflict between William Randolph Hearst and Orson Welles over Citizen Kane is the stuff of legend.

Hearst: once the most powerful man in America — the emperor of a media empire that stretched from New York to Washington to Hollywood.

Welles: the infant terrible —  the boy genius who, at age 24, landed the greatest contract in the history of     Hollywood.

In order to understand Citizen Kane, you must know about these two men.

Follow the links to their biographies. Do this before we watch the film on Friday.


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