Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
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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]
Everything there is to say has already been said. So I'll say nothing.
"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…
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".
I think it will take me some time to fully appreciate this, but formally it is stunning.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Yeah, it's pretty good.
Beautifully shot, with many creative and interesting moments that add a layer of stylized life and whimsy to a story that would otherwise be bleak and depressing. Technically superb framing of shots provides us with a whole other side to the story taking place on screen (I don't think I've ever seen two people look so distant from each other while still being in the same room).
A lesson in what drives us as individuals - small, lost treasures and past longings and desires that shape who we are today, and may forever be lost in time after we pass on.
The ending is brutal in it's sheer simplicity and truth. A true classic.
Citizen Kane is widely considered to be the greatest film of all time. Is it really? It's spectacularly filmed. With some of the best use of deep focus and some really interesting shots, but that's about it. The story isn't great and the ending isn't great. The movie drags a lot at times too. It's a great movie no doubt, but the best? Get out of here. Is this better than The Godfather, Casablanca, or Raging Bull? No! It's an achievement, but it certainly doesn't deserve the massive acclaim it's received. Citizen Kane is one of the most well made movies I've seen, but in it's ideas or story or message, it's timid. Maybe I'll appreciate this film more as time goes by. But for now I have to say that even on a second viewing I'm a bit disappointed.
I studied film at university for four years and came away with a BA and a MA. Yet until today I had never seen the much acclaimed Citizen Kane (although to be fair there are loads of films which I *should* have seen by now but haven't). It's pretty much impossible to go into this film without some sort of expectation, so I can't say that I was particularly surprised to find myself enjoying the film. Loved Orson Welles in this and yes, technically it is a very accomplished film. But best film of all time? It's no Die Hard (1988).
Kane, Kane, Kane. Poor Kane. Can any film hope to stand this weight of expectation? Enshrined as the Greatest Film Ever Made, and therefore a nice sacred cow for everyone to butcher.
Their loss, to be honest. It's not my all-time favourite, but it is undeniably a tour-de-force for Welles and his whole company, thrilling on both a technical and narrative level.
Re-watching “THE Film…”
As much as I enjoy cinema, until recently I’d only seen "Citizen Kane" once, and that was a long time ago. I think I was too young and philistine when I watched it, because after it was over I remember thinking “…what’s the hub-bub about?” I mean, "Kane" is almost universally praised by critics as the greatest motion picture of all time. Welles’ work as writer/director/producer on the film is cited as evidence of his genius. But for some reason, the film was largely lost on me. After seeing "Casablanca" for the first time, I remember thinking “now that’s the classic that lives up to its reputation!” The inference being that "Kane"…not so much.
So I went…
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