Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
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.
"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…
"Now, really, Charles. People will think --"
"What I tell them to think."
*insert joke about sleds here*
I have nothing new to say about Citizen Kane. But I love writing about film, and I love film, and I love Citizen Kane, so I might as well give it a shot.
Citizen Kane is, like many films of similar prestige, a victim of its own influence. Any film deemed the best ever made so universally is bound to be disappointing, and Citizen Kane seems to be a prime example of that. Ever since Sight and Sound placed it at the top of their best film list all those years ago, Citizen Kane has been on the forefront of any film…
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…
-Gran película. Sobre todo al comienzo muy dinámica
-Racconto como principal estructura narrativa
-Importancia de la subjetividad, desde el punto de vista de cada personaje, hasta en los diversos ángulos de la filmación
-Gran producción en la escenografía y en el tratamiento de la luz
-Importante concepto: la importancia para el político de ser amado, sin necesidad de amar él
Wrote a solid thousand words or so about why this film is so incredible, only to have it somehow vanish in front of my eyes. Lesson learned: write in Word and copy-paste to Letterboxd, stupid. Will maybe re-write when I'm finished crying, haha!
In summation: it's even more technically impressive than I remembered, emotionally engaging in a way that I hadn't and enormously entertaining to boot.
Also, I'd love to hear someone make the case for why Vertigo took Kane's spot at the top of the Sight & Sound poll. Are there any essays/readings out there that can help unlock Vertigo for me before we watch it as a class later this year?
'The best movie of all time' - a hard label to live up to. I promise that if you go in with that expectation in mind, you will be disappointed. It simply doesn't hold up to contemporary (or even decades later) standards. Citizen Kane is best appreciated by students of film history, who can see the film's use of new methods - in narrative structure, cinematography, and editing.
That being said, my rating is based on a comparison to contemporary films. So, I consider 3 stars to be quite strong. The ultimate reveal/twist of the meaning behind Kane's final words remains iconic and impactful, as does the crazy and over-the-top production design of the Xanadu mansion. Although I found Citizen Kane a bit dull, it was still memorable and intriguing.
One question: What is up with that crazy bird noise near the end of the movie?
The first modern Hollywood film. I'm always astounded that it was made in 1941. It feels like it could have been made yesterday.
That Welles co-wrote, produced, directed and starred in his debut film and it turned out as well as it does is the equivalent of breaking the home run record in the first game of the season.
Very powerful film. Sets were awesome and the dialogues impressive.
The psychology is primitive, but the surface is dazzling. Easy to enjoy.
"Well, it's no trick to make a lot of money... if what you want to do is make a lot of money."
That Toland cinematography. Those dissolves. Mr Joseph Cotten. The Bernard Hermann score.
Greatest biopic of all time?
- 12 Angry Men
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- 25th Hour
- 3 Women
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
- The Godfather
- Seven Samurai
- The Godfather: Part II
- 12 Angry Men
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