It's not so much that it's the Greatest Film of All-Time, but rather that it's the film that all people can agree is Really Great. The 26-year-old Orson Welles was given carte blanche to make his first film, which he directed, co-wrote and starred in, and he created a masterpiece. Welles plays a newspaper tycoon who had everything, but not enough to make him happy. The film's intricate flashback structure and deep focus cinematography were profoundly influential, but more importantly, the film is hilarious, moving and always entertaining.
Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead, Ruth Warrick, Ray Collins, Erskine Sanford, Everett Sloane, William Alland, Paul Stewart, George Coulouris, Fortunio Bonanova, Gus Schilling, Philip Van Zandt, Georgia Backus, Harry Shannon, Sonny Bupp, Buddy Swan