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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…
the greatest film ever made for a reason. first film I watched for my intro to film class at msu
THIS IS AN OLD REVIEW I MADE AGES AGO
There's no point reviewing Orson Welles' Citizen Kane. Everybody knows how fantastic the film is; it has 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, spent years at number one on AFI's greatest films of all time and is constantly talked about as perhaps the greatest film of all time. Most impressive things about this? It was Welles' directorial debut.
Like I said, I'm not going to review this film. I'm instead going to discuss its importance, and why it was way ahead of its time.
Non linear storytelling - Citizen Kane is told from the perspective of different characters, and his story is revealed in flashbacks. Now, this would seem very popular nowadays with…
Because the subject of the film is ostentatious, protean, larger-than-life, it makes sense that the camera would look up at him from a place of awe, even as he shouts helplessly down a flight of stairs at the man who just forced the end of his political career. It’s not exactly revolutionary to point out that Citizen Kane is as much about Orson Welles as it is about William Randolph Hearst or any other powerful man. Charles Foster Kane is a director — demanding “final cut” on his newspaper so he can put his signature on the front page, coaxing his second wife to play the “role” of an opera singer. Kane’s meteoric rise and long, slow decline would haunt Welles’ own career. Not every movie is complex and thorny enough to look back at its own maker with a critical eye.
Considered by many film critics and scholars as the greatest film ever made, Orson Welles' Citizen Kane is a film I deeply admire and like very much though I'll never share that notion of it being the greatest movie ever. Every film released after 1941 owes something directly or indirectly to this cinematic piece. Its breathtaking cinematography, camera work, and narrative structure were truly ahead of its time and proved to be hugely influential.
Orson Welles at the age of 26 made perhaps the most awe-inspiring directorial debut in cinema history. That's something very few can dispute, even those who dislike this film. He also co-wrote it and produced it. Acting-wise, it was also a remarkable film with Welles starring…
After a secretive newspaper magnate dies, a reporter attempts to divine the meaning of his last words by interviewing the people who knew him throughout his life. Extremely innovative in its cinematographic techniques, camera angles, and story structure. You could watch this film 100 times and see something new every time. It's rightly regarded as one of the all-time classics.
Although somewhat overrated, "Citizen Kane" is a cinematic classic, that is surprisingly engaging considering the simple plot. This film is an excellent character study that consists of, beautiful/iconic cinematography, and a charismatic performance from Orson Welles.
Letter Grade: A
I was kind of dreading watching this. I don't have the best track record with universally revered movies. I wasn't the biggest fan of The Godfather (I know, I know) and Boyhood. Of course I understood their merit, and the reasons for their acclaim, but they didn't work for me. I was worried going into this movie because what if I didn't enjoy it? How would I criticize the movie that is referred to as the greatest film of all time by many many people. Well I still kind of have to worry about that because the movie wasn't flawless. It's not my favorite movie of all time by far. I expected that. It is an amazing piece of cinema…
Πέρασα τις τελευταίες 5 μέρες των διακοπών μου στην Αντίπαρο. Θα είχα μετανιώσει την επιλογή της Αντιπάρου αν δεν υπήρχε το σινε Oliaros. Δεν θα είχα γνωρίσει το Oliaros, αν δεν έπεφτε τυχαία μπροστά μου η αφισα του Citizen Kane.
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