Citizen Kane to be shown at Hearst Castle
Is this art imitating life or vice versa? Orson Welles's cinematic masterpiece Citizen Kane will be shown at the magnificent Hearst Castle in San Simeon California, once home to media tycoon William Randolph Hearst, thought to be Welles's inspiration for Charles Foster Kane, the title character of his epic film. So threatened by his portrayal as a controlling megalomaniac without scruples, Hearst did his best to kill the film, using the methods of a controlling unscrupulous megalomaniac - and his vast media holdings (Think Rupert Murdoch for the Jazz Age).
Now a current generation of the Hearst family has agreed to bury the hatchet and show the film as part of the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival at the sprawling estate, which is now a museum. Great-grandson Steve, sounding like a chip off the old block called the event "a great opportunity to draw a clear distinction between W.R. and Orson Welles, between the medieval, gloomy-looking castle shown in Citizen Kane and the light, beautiful, architecturally superior reality."