Watch: The Great, Star-Studded 'Citizen Kane' Parody Created for Steven Spielberg's 40th Birthday

Watch: The Great, Star-Studded 'Citizen Kane' Parody Created for Steven Spielberg's 40th Birthday

Jun 19, 2013

 

One of cinema's great directors, Steven Spielberg, was honored by his closest friends and family with a short film parody about his life and career, in the style of one of cinema's greatest movies Citizen Kane. Dan Aykroyd narrated the 20-minute movie for Spielberg's 40th birthday, which we spotted on Cinephilia and Beyond.
 
Pal John Candy played the part of the investigator. The two funnymen have the perfect Charles Foster Kane-era voices and mannerisms. Candy visits Spielberg's parents and others close to the E.T. filmmaker for anecdotes about his life. Apparently young Steve liked to play dodgeball with oranges, which he threw at his sisters. He also tormented their Barbie dolls. The Spielberg family used to set up a home movie theater and charge the local neighborhood children a few cents for admission and popcorn. Ex-wife Amy Irving, Robin Williams, Michael Jackson (who calls the director a "boy at heart"), George Lucas, Robert Zemeckis, Drew Barrymore and Dennis Weaver also appear in the fun short to wish Spielberg a happy 40th. Enjoy this loving tribute to the hardworking filmmaker — who is going "under the dome" for a 13-episode adaptation of the novel by Stephen King of the same name.
 

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