PRP Resources

These resources, presented by the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, provide background information and context for Citizen Kane.

Media Databases

Search for film reviews and criticism of Citizen Kane and other works of Orson Welles, including articles from popular and trade journals, while getting some practice using Penn Libraries database tools.

  • Film & Television Literature Index (EBSCO) - Covers all areas of film and television literature. Subjects covered include film and television theory, preservation and restoration, screenwriting, production, cinematography, technical aspects of film and television, entertainment law, and film and television reviews.
  • Communication Source - Most comprehensive source for communication studies—including mass media, journalism, new media, television and film, communication theory, and linguistics.
  • Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive -  Archival research resource containing the essential primary sources for studying the history of the film and entertainment industries, from the era of vaudeville and silent movies through to 2000.




Film History & the Studio System


Orson Welles


Criticism of Citizen Kane


Film Aesthetics

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