‘The Complete Citizen Kane’ (1991, BBC). The most complete investigation in the origins and making of one of the most important films in cinema history. This excellent documentary was created as an Arena Special and includes interviews with Welles from BBC interviews in 1960 and 1982. It also includes an interview with Pauline Kael discussing her controversial “Raising Kane” article. The finest most insightful work ever done to date on ‘Citizen Kane.’
Another comprehensive account of the making of ‘Citizen Kane,’ still considered the greatest American movie ever made. It compares the larger than life personalities of the young maverick auteur Orson Welles and ruthless press magnate William Randolph Hearst who attempted to destroy the film before its release due to the startling similarities between himself and the central figure of Charles Foster Kane.
Orson Welles and Gregg Toland: Their Collaboration on ‘Citizen Kane’ Robert L. Carringer, Critical Inquiry, Vol. 8, No. 4 (Summer, 1982), pp. 651-674
Below: Orson Welles directs ‘Citizen Kane’ with a broken ankle.
Peter Jackson demonstrates handmade camera gear used for shooting ‘Bad Taste,’ including a crane and his “20 bucks steadicam.” 90% of the film was shot on a Bolex. It was a film that provided Jackson with the necessary leverage needed to advance in the industry. [TheSheik1976]
This 25 minute film explains how he made it to where he is today. He started with no budget. No studio. No professional equipment. No professional crew. No special effects wizards. No make-up department. No creature creators. No props. No locations. Nothing but his own love for film, and filmmaking. And after four years of nothing but hard work and raw passion, he had produced the coolest, goriest and funniest low budget film in history.