Citizen Kane is a 1941 is a film directed by Orson Welles, who also starred and co-wrote the script. Nominated for nine Academy Awards, the film is a fictionalized account of William Randolph Hearst, and is often considered the greatest film ever made.
The film follows Charles Foster Kane (played by Welles), an enormously wealthy publisher, from his rise to his ultimate fall. The film opens on an elderly Kane, on his deathbed, holding a snow globe. He utters his last words, "Rosebud", and dies. The film then switches to reporter Jerry Thompson, in his quest to find out about Kane's life, and the meaning behind his last word.
- At the end of A Brief History of Motion Pictures, Cookie Monster is shown eating Rosebud.
- In the Bear in the Big Blue House episode "Words, Words, Words," Bear reads in the Woodland Valley Gazette that there is a new movie playing at the multiplex, Citizen Crane, "the story of a young bird's rise to fame and power."
- In Muppets Most Wanted, Pepe notes that Spanish reviewers only rated Citizen Kane 4/5 jamón serranos (their just-performed El Muppet Show received 5/5 jamón serranos).