Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
Everybody's talking about it!
Orson Welles 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. Multimillionaire newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane dies alone in his extravagant mansion, Xanadu, speaking a single word: "Rosebud". A reporter tracks down the people who worked and lived with Kane, hearing their stories as they attempt to unlock the riddle of his dying breath.
[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…
"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…
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…
Without question, Citizen Kane is the Citizen Kane of Citizen Kanes.
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…
I won't truly feel like I've seen "Citizen Kane" until I watch it in a theater. This time around I feel as though I can appreciate it a lot more than my first viewing, but it won't sink in until I'm in front of a big screen.
The structure of "Citizen Kane" is circular, adding more depth every time it passes over the life. The movie opens with newsreel obituary footage that briefs us on the life and times of Charles Foster Kane; this footage, with its portentous narration, is Welles' bemused nod in the direction of the "March of Time" newsreels then being produced by another media mogul, Henry Luce. They provide a map of Kane's trajectory, and it will keep us oriented as the screenplay skips around in time, piecing together the memories of those who knew him.
Curious about Kane's dying word, "rosebud," the newsreel editor assigns Thompson, a reporter, to find out what it meant. Thompson triggers every flashback, yet his face is…
"Mr. Kane was a man who got everything he wanted and then lost it."
First of all, I think it's impossible to determine which film is the greatest of all time. Because films are works of artistic expression, everyone is going to see them differently. Just like it's impossible to determine who the greatest painter or musician ever to live was, it's just not feasible to conclude which film is better than others. Art is relative... so is film. It's also almost impossible to watch Citizen Kane without having some preconceived ideas or notions. When you hear that something is the best, you automatically expect too much, or expect to be let down. So, regardless of how much I tried,…
Let's talk about the acting. Let's talk about the storytelling.
Orson Welles is really a scene-stealer. Perhaps it's his handsomeness--that fact cannot be denied. But the way he carries his role as this larger-than-life--though humbly anti-megalomanic--is something else, passionately portraying this rags-to-riches (is it if he inherited it?) American success, fighting for the common man but with backhandedness and media manipulation? It's a contradiction that gets the better of Mr. Kane at the end of the film. The rest of the acting isn't bad, but Mr. Welles triumphs.
Interesting to note is how the story is told. Flashbacks, flashforwards. We never lose sense of the timeline (unlike, say, Pulp Fiction or Memento), and it breaks up the pacing of the…
Its exuberant.......... orson welles became a world top director after this movie.This movie is immortal.This movie is in my favourite 10.
Described by many as the greatest film of all time, and one of few films ever created that can truly be considered as 'art', Citizen Kane is a film that filled me all types of expectation. Unfortunately, despite all the hype I've heard surrounding it, it fell short of what people told me despite it still being a masterpiece in film making.
Firstly I should probably get out of the way the fact that it's truly one of the first of its kind to mess with the stereotypical narrative of a Hollywood picture, delivering the film through a continuation of flashbacks from the perspectives of several different characters to have perceived Kane's life in a different way. It takes you…
Happy to learn that it's as good as everyone said it was.
Honestly, that has to rank with the best closing shots of all-time.
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