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…
Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane is a monumental achievement of Hollywood storytelling, but more importantly, it is a monumental achievement of man’s ability to create timeless, profoundly revealing art. It is one of the most widely-discussed and dissected films of all time, if not the single most, and yet it continues to yield a wealth of mysteries and poignancies to both newcomers and returning viewers alike, few of which seem to be deterred by the ubiquitous spoilers and copycats in today’s media. When I first saw the film years ago, optimistic, intimidated, and somewhat skeptical of its towering reputation, I was simply stunned by the daringness of the narrative structure, the boldness of the visuals, and the entirety of the unlikely…
Undoubtedly one of the greatest films of all time. Innovative for sure. Spectaculary shot, impeccable acting and a very interesting story are just some of the big, general, and great things about this film. Not a five star because it can be boring. Yeah, I said that. It's dated. It certainly holds up at many places but it can drag. A+, Must See.
I could watch Orson Welles destroy a room for days.
Nope it's not overrated. Yes, it should be number one on the Sight and Sound poll list.
Do yourself a favour and watch Roger Ebert's commentary on the film once you've seen the film before. If you didn't understand why the film was so inventive before, then after his commentary you'll certainly have your eyes opened.
The real tragedy is that if the reporter had been able to figure out what Rosebud meant, he probably could have won a Pulitzer.
What's there left to say? "Citizen Kane" is a film ahead of its time that's still relevant today. Brilliant direction, terrific acting, and arguably the best-written character arc of all time. A masterpiece.
Lives up to it's legacy. Liked it a lot!
Citizen Kane isn't a great film because some critics call it one of the "greatest films of all time"; it's a great film because it actually meets that praise.
The script, direction, and performances are all great and this certainly deserves a lot of the praise its received over the decades but, to be honest, I didn't think it lived up to its legendary status at the "greatest film of all time".
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