All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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.
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…
"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…
Everything there is to say has already been said. So I'll say nothing.
Certainly don't love this movie, and i don't really like it all that much to be honest. But i sure do appreciate the hard work and dedication put into it. The technical aspects are great for the time, but the story bored the hell out of me. One of those films i don't like that others love. Not even close to being one of my favorites, and honestly will never watch it again.
Truly the work of a visionary, Citizen Kane deconstructs the medium piece by piece only to reconstruct it in a way that has retained every bit of its brilliance and wonder nearly 75 years later. Oh, and by the way. Orson Welles was 25 when he made this movie.
There's a reason this film is so highly regarded, it truly is a masterpiece. The use of camera angles and camera work was incredibly ahead of its time.
Technology aside, the dialogue and messages present within the story are incredibly well thought out. Not to mention I'm a sucker for nonlinear timelines (as if my love for Pulp Fiction didn't already give that away.)
Plus, it's not everyday that you watch a film where the protagonist dies directly in the beginning and the viewers are forced to understand who they were through the memories of others. I don't think anyone can disagree with how wonderful this film is.
Tyneside Cinema. Electra. 35mm.
My second viewing of this film and I'm happy to say that enjoyed it even more than the first time I saw it. I'm not going to be full-on pretentious here because I can't begin to say I fully appreciate everything this movie has to offer and understand all of it's themes but I am struck by so many aspects of it.
I love how this story is told, the word "Rosebud" being the simple driving force of the plot to discover this man's life. I love that it starts documentary style hitting the bullet points of what he did before getting into the relationships and what led up to and came out of those big life events. I love…
Every-time I re-watch this I always think to myself that this really is a masterpiece from the camera work, cinematography, to Orson Wells' manly performance this is a must for all cinema fans.
Who says a miss
Was made to kiss?
And when he meets one, always tries
To do exactly this?
Who buys the food?
Who buys the drinks?
Who thinks that dough was made to spend,
And acts the way he thinks?
Now is it Joe?
(Chorus: No, no, no, no!)
I'll bet you ten you aren't men
If you don't really know!
Definitely one of those important movies that made a much bigger impact on the art of cinema as a whole than on me watching it. Yes, I want to love your movie, Orson, and I kind of do, but I have to be honest here... and I can't really say that I am the biggest fan of Citizen Kane - the movie. I am a fan of you though, Orson. Your performance is quite good, and the way you move and place the camera is indeed impressive. But still, the plot and the outcome just fails to grab me somehow. It's a bit boring at times. I know it's groundbreaking damn it! I don't care. So, what you gonna do about it, Orson? Shoot me? You are dead! Take that, you stupid genius.
I will, however, bump up my rating with half a star this time around. Mainly because of the magnificent opera scene that happens about 85 minutes in.
Feels so good when a director lets the audience to end ahead of those investigating in an investigative film! We end up knowing something of prime importance that the characters in the film don't.
I totally can imagine why this is considered a revolutionary film. Unreliable multiple narrators, a maverick cinematographer, exemplary editing, and of course... The acting. An adjective won't be enough for celebrating Orson Welles and what he has pulled off.
I am finding it difficult to talk about this film given the exposure to cinema of our contemporary times, and the stuff we have grown up to. But when you look back in retrospective, tags like "Greatest film of all time" have been more than justified by…