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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…
What can I say about this film that hasn't been said a hundred times over by others?
Needless to say it is one of the best films I've ever seen.
Another rewatch, another exposure to Dorothy Comingore's wince-inducing "acting"
Best film ever made. The end.
Citizen Kane is, without at doubt, a cinematic masterpiece. It is brilliantly filmed and acted. It is the perfect example of a film where nothing is superfluous--every single element contributes to the big picture of what the film is about: an empty life.
But I really can't say that I "liked" the film very much. The story is very depressing and there really are no likable characters. Still, I can see why many consider it one of the greatest films ever made
it may not be your favorite movie, but it is justifiably the greatest film ever
Well, you've already heard everything there is to say about Citizen Kane so I can't give you anything new, but my fucking God--what an adventure to experience. Sometimes, I don't even care about the story of Kane or his legacy or the mystery surrounding "Rosebud," I just want to look at the film due to its unparalleled craftsmanship. What a treat to have it in 4K resolution.
Hailed as one of the greatest films ever made, Orson Welles' 1941 debut certainly stands out among films of the period, and even among modern films. It's unique not only in its appearance, utilizing deep focus and gorgeous lighting, but also in its storytelling style, editing and camerawork. Welles did things in his directorial debut that NOBODY was doing in Hollywood pictures at the time, but by the end of the 1940s almost all major productions had adopted aspects of his work. Some aspects of his work aren't even duplicated today. Welles has said that he wasn't trying to be different, he just did what he thought worked best. He may have been a little modest--he had triumphed before his…
"Maybe he told us all about himself on his deathbed."
"Yeah, maybe he didn't."
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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