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Citizen Cane

Directed, produced and starring Orson Welles, Citizen Kane is famous for the many remarkable scenes, cinematic and narrative techniques which help to revolutionized the film industry. Written by Welles and Herman J. Mankiewicz, filmed by Gregg Toland, Kane is brilliantly crafted remembrances of Mr. Bernstein's investigations. Kane draws much of its magnetism from its deviation from classic ideals and it's ability to start new ones. Welles uses film as an art form to communicate and display anarrative through imaginative Mise en scene, setting, sound, lighting, editing and performance. All of theses components together helped to create a story which is set off by Kane's dying word Rosebud.
In one scene the Xanadu fireplace belittles Susan and she is methodically completing a jigsaw puzzle. Depicting an outdoor scene, the puzzle slowly comes together with a great usage of dissolve shots. However, the couple are denied excitement and joy even though they live in a castle. The fireplace room is vast and Wells uses low angles to show the distance between the two characters. The room however is huge and void, which helps to explain the relationship between Kane and his wife Susan. Linked by a dissolve, the following frame is a linear shot in deep focus with the bright light of midday casting thick, black shadows directly under the cars. With a snake like stream of cars on the beach resemble a funeral procession in their black, uniform order. The use of a blues music in the next shot allows for a flow of music which helps to portray the attitudes of Susan and Kane. The music also helps to foreshadow the inevitable break up of Kane and his wife. In this scene as in many others his structure of the movie is held together with pierces shots each one accentuating the scenery.
Low Key lighting was used through out the whole movie. The lighting allowed for the viewer to feel as if he was in a dr

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