Citizen Kane: "Greatest American Movie of All Time"?
"It is one of the miracles of cinema that in 1941 a first-time director; a cynical, hard-drinking writer; an innovative cinematographer, and a group of New York stage and radio actors were given the keys to a studio and total control, and made a masterpiece. Citizen Kane is more than a great movie; it is a gathering of all the lessons of the emerging era of sound, just as Birth of a Nation assembled everything learned at the summit of the silent era, and 2001 pointed the way beyond narrative. These peaks stand above all the others."
So says Roger Ebert in his 1998 review of Orson Welles's Citizen Kane. It was in 1998 that the American Film Institute would declare Kane the "greatest American movie of all time," a distinction it would confer on Kane yet again in 2007.
So what do you think? Does Kane "stand above" all other American films?