Fading in on an ominous nighttime exterior, the camera slowly focuses on a high wrought-iron fence filigreed with the initial "K." Beyond spreads Xanadu, the vast estate of one of the world's wealthiest men. The camera surveys the grounds--empty gondolas swaying on a private lake, exotic
animals penned in a private zoo, manicured lawns and shubbery--all shrouded in fog. Towering above the mist is the top of a man-made mountain on which sits a castle, a single light shining from it. Within is a dying man who clutches a crystal ball enclosing a winter scene and make-believe snow. He
utters one word, "Rosebud," and dies, dropping the ball, which breaks into tiny shard...