Contractions and negatives in song titles — “Don’t Know,” “Can’t Give,” “What I’m Trying” — convey the anguish
Andrew Hamlin 1 p.m., July 29
Yes, you can watch Citizen Kane on YouTube - although doing so will probably call down Cineaste, the Wrathful Hipster God of Classic Cinema, to wreak vengeance upon you for your crimes against aesthetic genius. Maybe you'd be better off sticking with this marvelous documentary about Welles and Kane's inspiration/target, newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst.
I mention it here because there is some discussion of the FBI's file on Welles, opened after Hearst's newspapers started questioning the Good Americanism of Welles' artistic efforts. The documentary gives us just a few glimpses of that file, but one of them is a slow pan across this delicious bit of Federal snoopery:
TMZ, sit down and open your notebook, school is in session. Who says the government doesn't know how to get things done? Just look at that juicy collection of words: "burlesque," "Welles," "extra-marital," "strip tease," "night club," and hey now, "San Diego." How is it that there isn't some local skin joint laying claim to having hosted Movieland's Boy Genius? Mr. Sanford, you're on the case!