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Old 05-09-2019, 02:30 PM
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Citizen Kane was not Orson Welles' first choice for his feature film debut. He had wanted to film an adaptation of Heart of Darkness. Welles was going to play the protagonist Marlow (no surprises there) and the entire movie was going to be filmed from Marlow's point of view. So Welles while would be the center of the movie, he would hardly appear - he would only be seen in occasional reflections.

RKO felt the idea was too experimental (and the proposed budget was too high) so they passed. Welles came up with the more conventional proposal for Citizen Kane instead.