Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
Everybody's talking about it!
Orson Wells was 26 when he made his first feature film Citizen Kane. The film became known as one of the greatest of all time and earned him international celebrity. The story is about the publishing business and how one thrill-seeker’s struggle for power negatively affected everybody he came in contact with and eventually lead to a merciless war.
[Joke about sleds]
[Regurgitated and bastardized interpretations of technical feats of skill on display]
[Insincere complaint about waiting so long to watch]
[Unnecessary recommendation for anyone who hasn't seen it to finally do so]
"I'm not sorry." - Charles Foster Kane
Charles Foster Kane. What a character. A staggeringly complex and ambiguous protagonist if there ever was one. I'd go so far as to say he's up there with Daniel Plainview. Because, from where I'm looking at it, Citizen Kane is the There Will Be Blood of its time.
And, thing is, it's far ahead of its time. Opening with a hypnotic, almost horror-movie feel in a dying man's final moments, and following this attention-grabber with a mock-news reel, Citizen Kane is ridiculously technically accomplished. I'm talking about every area here; the cinematography is never anything less than stunning, the editing is startlingly innovative and there is a glorious feel to the sumptuous and…
In my bio I call myself a film enthusiast yet if the numbers on this site are to be trusted I have seen less than 1000 films and only just now watched what in the past has been named the greatest film of all time more times than anything else. Truthfully, I have yet to discover a staggering amount of what is often filed under “essential” and the reason I haven't got to so many of them yet neither stems from ignorance nor indifference, I just prefer to space these out as much as possible and dedicate an equal amount of time to the obscure and the popular, the critically acclaimed and the mainstream successes. However, the fact that up…
''You know, Mr. Bernstein, if I hadn't been very rich, I might have been a really great man.''
Being considered to be , possibly, the Greatest Motion Picture ever created has to be as great a curse as it is an honor. For all those that have critically lauded 'Citizen Kane' over the years, there has been many that have been willing to disprove it's status as being ''the best''. This is perfectly understandable as it seems like human nature to buck the system and have an opinion that strays from the general consensus, but in all honesty it is hard to comprehend how anyone can deny the greatness of Orson Welles' unprecedented film debut.
When famed newspaper tycoon, Charles…
Is Citizen Kane the greatest movie of all time? Technically speaking...yes. From the directing to the editing to the lighting to the cinematography to the framing to the composition to the storytelling techniques to Welles's performance...what is not amazing? What is not revolutionary? What is not decades ahead of its time? And the fact that it is still just as impressive and captivating today as it was over 70 years ago is simply awe-inspiring. Nobody made movies like this back then, and quite frankly...nobody is today, either. This is truly a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
Did You Know:
Orson Welles' Charles Foster Kane character in Citizen Kane was not originally scripted to utter the word "Rosebud"?
The original Welles penned script called for the character of Kane to whisper "Poodick" but after a terrible scuffle with the studio Welles was forced to go with the now infamous "Rosebud".
This picture certainly deserves the title "Greates Movie Of All Time" as it follows the life of a american social climber, namely Charles Foster Kane.
Need to rewatch
Unbelievably this is the first time I've seen this!!!
Enjoyed it immensely!
Seeing this film for the first time at 21 years of age is a deep & harrowing shame I must bear. What a fool I have been.
Even today, the energy, the ambition & the beauty of Welles' debut is breathtaking. Perhaps time has inflated the importance of this film, but I struggle to see how.
Masterpiece, landmark, yardstick, innovation & whatever other superlatives I can conjure up. Expression fails to define my first experience with Citizen Kane.
Citizen Kane? More like Shitizen Kane, am I right?
I jest. This is an absolute masterpiece that, at the time, flipped contemporary cinema on it's head. There's really no need to write some in-depth review on Citizen Kane, because this baby's been deconstructed and reviewed more times than <insert lewd "Your Mom" joke here>.
Well, I thought, since I got 2001 out of the way, I might as well go for the big one. "The Greatest Movie Ever Made" is pretty damn good. I don’t even know how to approach talking about this movie since it’s so damned lionized. It was a good movie. Good, it was.
I've been putting off watching this movie for too long, and it is a great movie with genius subject material, but to me Vertigo is a lot more deserving of the number 1 spot on the sight and sound list. I thought a lot of the cinematography was way ahead of its time, and the lighting in so many scenes were done perfectly. At it's heart it tells a story of the rise and fall of a giant capitalistic figure, who try's to live his life by a set of ideals and principals that he back slid on as time went on. Like he says in the film, " I could of been great had I just been normal," which leads to his longing for a childhood memory that was the closest to normal he got, and what he wanted.
"Did somebody take his power away or did he look and wasn't able to find it anymore?" -- what my five-year old asked me as I explained the end of the film to her.
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