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Monday, June 29, 2015

The Comic Critic Reviews "Citizen Kane"

How Green is My Valley, Blossoms in the Dust, , Here comes Mr. Jordan, Hold Back the Dawn, The Little Foxes, The Maltese Falcon, One Foot in Heaven, Sergeant York, Suspicion, and Citizen Kane—these were the Best Picture nominees for the 1942 Academy Awards. And while Citizen Kane would win two Oscars that evening, How Green is My Valley would walk away with Best Picture. Yet, it is Citizen Kane that has become heralded as a Cinematic Masterpiece. It’s usually listed in any top-100 film list and is featured as a top- ten choice in several others. Some might say that Citizen Kane is the rightful holder of Best Picture by sheer merit. But look back at the nominee list. The Maltese Falcon and Alfred Hitchcock’s Suspicion have also become well-known landmarks in film. This is why I enjoy investigating films that have been nominated by the Academy. Sure, the winners are worth watching, but true treasure can be found in the nomination list. One of my other favorites nominated in 1942 is Sergeant York. It might not be the must-see that Citizen Kane is, but I found it an extremely entertaining film.