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    "Citizen Kane" Make-up Man Maurice Seiderman Archive. Maurice Seiderman (1907-1989) was a virtuoso make-up artist, one of the most brilliantly creative in Hollywood history. A Russian immigrant, he achieved legendary distinction creating and applying the various age make-ups for Orson Welles in the 1941 cinema milestone Citizen Kane. When Welles demanded Seiderman receive onscreen credit, the head of makeup at RKO demanded only his own name go on the screen -- and as such, Welles insisted no make-up credit be shown at all. Welles instead took out a trade advertisement, thanking both those who did and did not receive Citizen Kane screen credit, paying tribute "...particularly to Maurice Seiderman, the best make-up man in the world." This remarkable scrapbook from Seiderman's estate features nine original shots of Welles on the Citizen Kane set, wearing the various age make-ups, with Seiderman's pencil notes on the verso. The album also includes a shot of Joseph Cotten in his old age make-up from Citizen Kane, two pages from Movie Life magazine showing Seiderman's make-up for Raymond Massey Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940), a copy of Norman Gambill's interview with Seiderman titled "Making Up Kane," a page from a fan magazine with a "Master of Make-up" heading showing Welles in the various Kane make-ups, several shots of Seiderman transforming an actress into a crone, a series of shots of Seiderman making up an RKO starlet, several pictures of Seiderman applying Alan Carney's zombie make-up for Zombies on Broadway (1945), several shots of Welles in later film and tv productions (including three wonderful portraits of Welles in bald head and bristly mustache make-up for an unknown film), and a photocopy of the Citizen Kane trade ad which thanked Seiderman. Finally, there's a receipt from Western Costume Company, dated August 20, 1957, regarding Welles' never-completed film of Don Quixote. Maurice Seiderman's wide-ranging work included such later Welles films as The Magnificent Ambersons and Touch of Evil, the Val Lewton horror films at RKO, and even the infamous 1955 Bela Lugosi/Ed Wood collaboration Bride of the Monster, as well as work for the Broadway stage. Yet Citizen Kane is Maurice Seiderman's true legacy. This wonderful album from a major talent of this film is a dynamic memento from what many still regard as the greatest movie of all time. In overall Very Fine condition.

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