I just watched the trailer for Citizen Hearst, and now I’m chomping at the bit to see it! The film tells the story of William Randolph Hearst, the media giant and patriarch of the 125-year-old Hearst Corporation (they’re the folks responsible for Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Town & Country, and hundreds of other magazine, newspaper, broadcasting, and digital brands, for all you non media nerds).
Narrated by actor William H. Macy, the film features interviews with Hearst CEOs, editors, and celebrities, as well as footage behind the glass walls of Hearst Tower in New York and inside the grand walls of Hearst Castle in California.
The documentary’s title is a riff on Citizen Kane, the 1941 Academy Award-winning drama directed by and starring Orson Welles as publishing tycoon Charles Foster Kane, a character based in part on W. R. Hearst and the highs and lows of his media empire.
Citizen Hearst premiered in early October at the Hamptons International Film Festival, and my fingers and toes are crossed in hopes it makes the rounds to my local theater (I’m talking to you, SLFS).