WASHINGTON, May 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
MONDAY, MAY 2: CITIZEN KANE'S 70TH
Profile America — Monday, May 2nd. One of the most influential motion pictures ever made was released this week 70 years ago — "Citizen Kane," directed by Orson Welles, who also played the title role. Welles had already become famous for his legendary 1938 Halloween radio broadcast of "War of the Worlds" when he was just 23 years old. But his lasting legacy is "Citizen Kane," which did not do well financially, although it was nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning for best screen play. Many critics now consider it the best American film of all time. When "Citizen Kane" was first screened, six-out-of-10 Americans went to the movies every week. Today, Americans watch an average of 4-1/2 movies a year. Profile America is beginning its 15th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2011, p. 247
Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 10, 400
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2011, t. 12, 1242
U.S. Census Bureau, Facts for Features, CB11-FF.06
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau