Friday’s Film Clip: “Citizen Kane”

This short but incredible clip from the film “Citizen Kane” is far from it’s most famous scene, but more than a decade after I first saw the movie, this little clip of minor character Mr. Bernstein (played by Everett Sloane) speculating on the possible meaning of “Rosebud” (Charles Foster Kane’s mysterious final word) still strikes a chord with me—and it gets more true every year I manage to stay alive.  I’ve transcribed the most precious part of the speech below the video.

“A fellow will remember a lot of things you wouldn’t think he’d remember. You take me. One day, back in 1896, I was crossing over to Jersey on the ferry, and as we pulled out, there was another ferry pulling in, and on it there was a girl waiting to get off. A white dress she had on. She was carrying a white parasol. I only saw her for one second. She didn’t see me at all, but I’ll bet a month hasn’t gone by since that I haven’t thought of that girl.”

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