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Beyond Citizen Kane
Beyond Citizen Kane is an English language documentary made by Simon Hartog in 1993. The documentary details the dominance of the TV Globo media group in Brazillian society, discussing the group's influence, power, and political connections. Globo's President and founder Roberto Marinho came in for particular criticism, being compared with fictional newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane in Citizen Kane. Globo, the documentary said, engaged in the same wholesale manipulation of news to influence public opinion as did Kane.
After only three days on exhibition in Brazil the movie was banned (the movie's supporters see this as a clear case of Marinho pulling political strings). Globo subsequently purchased the worldwide rights to Beyond Citizen Kane and refuses to release it on video or DVD (similar to the cases of Xuxa and Amor Estranho Amor ). Copies of the documentary are nevertheless available over the Internet, often via peer-to-peer networks, and have been informally distributed by members of Brazilian political parties.
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