All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance.
[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 naïve enough to think that I have anything new to offer in my entirely unnecessary ode to Citizen Kane, but I'll continue writing this anyway because I like writing about films, and Citizen Kane is a film, all right, and a Towering Masterpiece of Cinema at that. I’d have to be exceedingly smart or exceedingly stupid to dispute that, and I reckon I fall somewhere in between.
Pulling apart Citizen Kane shot by shot is more than enough to learn how to make a film, but pulling apart the film's circular structure is also a brilliant way to learn how to tell a story. Since I attempt to write, it's the narrative structure of Citizen Kane that interests…
Without question, Citizen Kane is the Citizen Kane of Citizen Kanes.
Citizen Kane is the motion picture which, since its release, has been widely regarded by almost all critics, filmmakers & even many viewers around the world as the greatest film of all time. And although I agree to some extent that, purely on a technical scale, this might be the most influential picture ever made but based solely on its plot & story, there are far better examples in cinema than this one.
Still, there is no denying that Citizen Kane is a boldly crafted feature which not only defied all the typical methods of filmmaking that were in use at its time of production but also ended up completely rewriting the manuals of filmmaking in the process. The film tells the…
"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…
Everything there is to say has already been said. So I'll say nothing.
Now I can totally appreciate that Bobo episode of The Simpsons.
"Mr. Kane was a man who got everything he wanted then lost it. Maybe 'Rosebud' was something he couldn't get or something he lost. Anyway, it wouldn't have explained anything. I don't think any word can explain a man's life. No, I guess 'Rosebud' is just a piece in a jigsaw puzzle...a missing piece."
Often regarded as the best film ever made Citizen Kane is a pretty damn good film, in my opinion it's not the greatest ever made but the cinematography was incredibly innovative: deep focus shots where things are going on in both the foreground, midground, and background all at once. The low-angle shots involved new ways of building sets. They introduced effects to make crowds look bigger and buildings look grander. The compositions and shading of the shots are quite beautiful to look at. Welles invented the L-cut: the edits for a scene would change the soundtrack a few frames ahead of the visual. They do that all the time today, and when you see older movies that don't do that…
Despite a somewhat jarring start, still surprisingly watchable. Really felt like watching The Wolf Of Wall Street of its time.
Another film on my shame list, this movie is so so so much more than "rosebud"
Saw this over the weekend at MoMA screening. It was a nice change of venue that elevated this already stratospheric film. I don't think I can write about this film critically, mostly because I just enjoyed it so much. And also because I don't think I can find much wrong about it.
I also liked watching this after joining the iconic journalistic enterprise of my time. It brought the film down to earth, for me. Journalism, at least how it is practiced now, is a pretty uniquely American endeavor and Kane captures the aspirations and faults of the industry quite well.
Well I just saw it for the first time, and take it from me folks: it's Citizen Kane.
First time I've watched Citizen Kane since joining letterboxd.
... I feel the need to go back and reduce all of my star ratings.
Why is this movie so famous?
Why is this movie so boring?
If I could say a word about this movie - it would not be Rosebud - but LAME. Really, I've seen older movies with better plots and histories that are way more interesting than this one. What a waste of my time.