Citizen Kane is often listed as one of the greatest films ever in existence. But would the movie be any better in color? Well, now you can judge for yourself.
Before his death, Orson Welles, who wrote, directed and starred in Citizen Kane, requested that Turner Entertainment never colorize the classic film. During the 1980’s, Ted Turner was working to colorize a number of black and white films, and began to do so with Citizen Kane. However, controversy over Welles’ wishes as well as a clause in his contract for making that film stopped Turner from completely the work on it. In fact, this saga was one of the factors that led to the passage of the National Film Preservation Act.
But even though the process wasn’t completed, there is footage of what a colorized version of Citizen Kane would’ve looked like. Here’s some of that footage:
Perhaps if the colorization were done today, it would look better than the process during the 1980’s. But still, it’s probably best to respect a filmmaker’s wishes. Particularly when it comes to one of the greatest movies in American cinema.