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.
"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".
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.
Uno dei film più belli di sempre. Orson Welles racconta e dirige come pochi. Magie in pellicola. Ineguagliabile.
I can never pass up a chance to see this on the big screen.
Sorry, but CITIZEN KANE wasn't the Citizen Kane of movies. Still good though.
The intro alone deserves five stars.
It revolutionized film technique with its elaborate deep focus. It revolutionized film form with its elaborate structure. It revolutionized the studio system by being one of the first films to truly be a singular, auterist work.
One thing the history books rarely mention is that it's as entertaining as it is breathtaking. And it has got some of the wittiest and biting dialogue ever put to into a script, thank god radio performers round out the cast to deliver it perfectly.
Looking past all the lists that put this on an impossible pedestal, it is a quintessential film not just because of its historical and technical impact but because it might be the perfect distillation of the American tragedy--of chasing some goal or ideal only to find it corrupted or false--up there with The Great Gatsby, Death of a Salesman, and Moby Dick.
I didn't really know what to expect beyond it's 'best ever' status. What I got was a staggeringly modern film with a central performance of incredible confidence. I wish I could have seen it in 1941 so I could have admired what a leap forward it must have been.
The greatest movie ever? Well, no. But it was definitely a revolutionary film at the time of its release. So many unheard of film techniques were implemented and it's all due to the brilliance and technical foresight of Orson Welles. If only he could have made more of these type of films...but oh well.
Is Citizen Kane the greatest motion picture ever made? Perhaps. Technically, it is a marvel, and years ahead of it's time. The construction of the story, and the screenplay itself, are wonders of ingenuity, and the cast of actors (most of whom had never appeared on camera before) are uniformly excellent. It's astounding to think the film is over seventy years old as it feels vibrant, fresh and sharply relevant. To also consider Welles was merely twenty five when he made it assures his place in the cinematic pantheon. A true genius creating true spectacle. Bravo sir.
Devoid of the pretension that usually permeates critics' choices, Kane unravels with intelligence, biting wit and a real sense of playful ambiguity. The big themes - the perversion of idealism, the corrupting nature of success, the impenetrability of human beings - are carried off with the lightest touch as Kane (Welles) descends from vibrant newspaper man to manipulative Svengali to bloated, distant husband. While all the cast turn in great work - Cotten is breathtaking as Kane's cohort Leland - it is Welles' own performance (often overlooked in lieu of his other talents), that really grounds the directorial razzle-dazzle with substance.
To re-visit Citizen Kane is to experience the infinite possibilities of movies being realised right before your very eyes.…