Citizen Kane (1941) is an American film, directed by Orson Welles, often called "the greatest film of all time". It's often parodied or referred to in "The Simpsons".
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In Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish, the scene where Mr. Burns is trying to be elected as governor in front of a large black and white poster of his own face references the scene where Kane is trying to be elected as governor of New York. In the episode, Bart asks Homer "Is your boss Governor?" and Homer replies "Not yet." A similar dialog appears in "Citizen Kane" between Kane's first wife and their son. Also when Burns' election campaign plummets he shouts: "You can't do this to me: I'm Charles Montgomery Burns!" In "Citizen Kane" Kane says the same thing when he fails to be elected: "You can't do this to me: I'm Charles Foster Kane." Afterwards, Burns starts to throw and smash in the floor the furniture and staff in the Simpson's house. In "Citizen Kane", Kane throws to the floor all the stuff in his second wife's room, after she leaves him.
In the episode Treehouse of Horror VII, The third segment is named "Citizen Kang".
In the episode Treehouse of Horror XVI, When Orson Welles visits Springfield in 1938 Chief Wiggum threatens him: "... Or I'll kick you in the nose, bud", whereupon Welles mutters "Nosebud", in reference to "Rosebud" from Citizen Kane.
In the episode Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner?," when the Simpsons are in the mall they see a cane in a glass case and Lisa comments "Oh, look, there's the cane from Citizen Kane," and then Homer, Marge and Bart give each other confused looks and walk off purposefully, leading Lisa to reprimand herself: "Wait a minute... there was no cane in Citizen Kane!"
In the episode Rosebud Mr. Burns' manor where he lies dying with a snow ball in his hand is a parody of the opening scenes of the film. Also the flashback where Mr. Burns leaves his teddy bear Bobo behind to go along with a rich millionaire and leave his parents references a similar scene where Charles Foster Kane is told to leave his parents for a richer life. Kane then leaves his sled behind.
In the episode A Streetcar Named Marge Homer is seen blowing a torn paper program in a similar fashion to Jed Leland during the opera performance scene, before Homer is alerted to Marge's presence on stage.