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Citizen Kane
itizen Kane is the most-honored film in all of film history, with many sequences or images worthy of a mention. One of its greatest sequences is at the end of the film, when the secret of the word "Rosebud," the last word uttered by Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles) before he died, is finally revealed. The camera pulls away from the basement floor to show the incredible accumulation of Kane's acquisitions over a lifetime. Then, the camera slowly glides over years and years of his pitiless pieces of material goods and collected art objects, looking like a broken jigsaw puzzle, a deserted skyscraper city, or a metropolis when photographed from high above. There in the piles of possessions are: iron bedframes, an open, wooden toybox (with a few dolls and a picture of Kane around the time of his first marriage), a pile of old newspapers wrapped in twine, a photograph of Kane as a boy with his mother, and a snow sled (which is picked up by a workman). Kane's life appears as a disjointed collection of failed energies.

n the basement beneath Xanadu, workers clear away the vast array of junk and articles. A workman is sorting and crating his possessions near an incinerator, a blazing furnace where items are thrown that are considered junk. The worker with the sled in his hands is told by Raymond, the butler, to "throw that junk" into the flames of the incinerator to be consumed, along with an accumulation of other possessions. The sled, the one that young Charles played with when he was with his father and mother early in the film, is an enduring and beautiful symbol of Kane's life. The name "Rosebud" (and its decorative flower) is briefly seen on the sled in a close-up before flames lick the wood, the heat warps and blisters the paint of the wooden surface, and it is consumed by the flames. The "Rosebud" sled is a momento from Kane's childhood with his mother, a childhood that was interrupted by the opportunities wealth and fortune bestowed upon him. He rammed Thatcher (George Coulouris) with the sled when he was forcibly taken away to New York to be raised in more affluent surroundings. The sled symbolized the innocence, beauty, and love that he lost, the love that eluded him - a dying man's memory of a childhood possession that held special meaning.

The Rosebud Sled
An authentic design of a child's snow sled from the American Victorian period, a reproduction of the "Rosebud" sled from the film Citizen Kane.

This sled measures 40"long by 15-1/2" wide by 5-1/2" high. It is finished in Candlelight pine, with Spruce Green and York Red.

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