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YouTube's Rosebud moment

September 23, 2011 | 12:21 pm

Citizen Kane

The last time you watched a dancing-cat video on YouTube, you probably purged the guilt by thinking, 'Well, it's not supposed to be "Citizen Kane."

But what if it was “Citizen Kane"?

YouTube is making the 1941 Orson Welles classic available for rental online, in what it says is the first time the movie can be viewed on-demand on the Interwebs.  You can watch the first 10 minutes below; full rental costs $3 for a 24-hour period. (For Welles completists, there's also a Blu-ray boxed set out.)

The landmark work you’ll be watching on YouTube is actually a newly remastered version; studio Warner Bros. recently completed that process in honor of the film’s  70th anniversary. So the next time you think about how to enjoy one of cinema's defining masterpieces, let your mind immediately go to the 12-inch  monitor on which you just updated your Facebook status.

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--Steven Zeitchik

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Photo: A scene from "Citizen Kane." Credit: Los Angeles Times archives.