Top Ten 1941

BIL'S BEST ACTOR

Film critics are often so caught up in pointing out the magnificence of the great auteur’s directorial style in Citizen Kane that they easily overlook the performance at the centre of the film. As the newspaper man who grows into a publishing tycoon (modelled on William Randolph Hearst), Orson Welles ages decades, experiences familial anguish, romance, lustful wanderings and a lot of competitive business before his grand finale. It’s the most controlled and compelling he ever was on screen (save for his Harry Lime, perhaps), a far cry from the unfocused, terrifying mess that would appear in character roles until his own grand finale.

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  • Sullivan's Travels

    1

  • Citizen Kane

    2

  • The Lady Eve

    3

  • The Maltese Falcon

    4

  • 49th Parallel

    5

  • Here Comes Mr. Jordan

    6

  • The Little Foxes

    7

  • All That Money Can Buy

    8

  • Ball of Fire

    9

  • How Green Was My Valley

    10