Books and Movies Reviews

Citizen Kane

Having success thefirst time around is very uncommon.Orson Welles’sfirst feature film realizes the full potential of excellent craftsmanship.Citizen Kane is almost certainly the greatest achievement in the history of filming.In 1941, this film wasconsidered by many as the best film ever made.This film is about the enormous conflict between two twentieth-century icons, publisher William Randolph Hearst and the prodigy of his time, Orson Welles.The rather overwhelming beginning of an opening sequence is still as thrilling as any in the history of movies.That tarnished sign on a forbidding black wire fence is thefirst thing we see in Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane.Citizen Kane is a movie about perception and projection.With the complex theme, the whole movie seems to be placed in a kind of psychological trauma for the viewers.Citizen Kane is a portrait of a public and private figure that remains tantalizing unfinished.Excellent acting was revealed for thefirst time as these new roles played out.Orson Welles was a director ahead of his time and his portrayal of Kane shows his acting ability.This film is one of thefirst films to rely heavily on style and visuals, Citizen Kane uses camera, lighting, and set techniques to show Kane’s rise and fall from power.The movie as a whole — though as artistically satisfying
as a picture can get — also leaves us with certain unexplained pieces of Kane’s life that only we, as viewers of Citizen Kane, can put together for ourselves.
There’s no doubt that Citizen Kane is a great movie. It is a pioneering film that forever changed filmmaking.Its plot is one of the most creative and original in all of movie history.Citizen Kane is a brilliantly made film.I can’t really take the full impact
of it because it was made in 1941, and all the film techniques Welle’s used, are used frequently today.Today, a film has to be emotionally involving and have an original …


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