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How the Brain Reacts to Scrambled Stories

On May 2, 1941, The New York Times published a review of a movie that the paper’s film critic, Bosley Crowther, called “far and away the most surprising and cinematically exciting motion picture to be seen here in many a moon.” In fact, Crowther continued, Citizen Kane “comes close to being the most sensational film ever made in Hollywood.” Orson Welles’ soon-to-be classic was “a picture of tremendous and overpowering scope,” he wrote, “not in physical extent so much as in its rapid and graphic rotation of thoughts.” “A rapid and graphic rotation of thoughts” sounds about right. ….[READ]

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