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Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane, directed and produced by Orson Welles, defies the conventional style of classic Hollywood films.The film introduced a variety of radical techniques and cinematography way ahead of its time.The film crew used new lighting techniques and innovative styles of mise-en-scene settings.Mise-en-scene is the physical environment in which a film takes place.However, Welles still implemented certain aspects of then-contemporary film production such as dutch tilts and deep focusing wherein he attempted to produce either a more skewed or human eye view of each scene.All these characteristics of the film's cinematography helped fortify several very definitive themes.Charles Foster Kane, played by Orson Welles, was removed from his peaceful and secure house during the peak of his childhood oedipal stages.The unresolved feelings persisted into his adult life where he had to deal with conflicting emotions about loosing his mother and father and never having the reinforcement of family love.Instead of having complete security within a family, he was left with only financial security.The seemingly glorious theme of living the American dream and never having to worry about money is exemplified in Citizen Kane as a desolate and meaningless existence.
Throughout the movie, there are notions of Charles Foster Kane's loneliness that are brought out in certain scenes' mise-en-scene and cinematography.The scene where Kane and his wife Susan, played by Dorothy Comingore, are in the huge living room of Kane's estate, Xanadu, supports the theme of isolation.Deep focus, where everything is shown in the frame including the background, is used as a method to depict Kane's feeling of loneliness and separation from his loved ones.Also, low-angled shots revealed the ceiling, showing more extreme foreground and background.He is surrounded only by his possessions, his priceless and exotic statues from aro…


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