Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
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.
[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 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…
Everything there is to say has already been said. So I'll say nothing.
''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".
I am truly blown away. I can see why this is called the greatest film of all time, it was a triumph! There are so many things to like about this film. It has a magnificent soundtrack, a deep and compelling story, great acting, and gorgeous cinematography. This truly is the greatest film of all time. However, it is not my favorite film of all time. Just as I said in my Godfather review, there is a line between your favorite film, and the best film. I have to say, Fight Club is more of my cup of tea, but this is definitely up there with my favorite films. Citizen Kane truly is the greatest film of all time.
After hearing all the praise about this movie from fellow movie enthousiasts, it was almost bound to be a disappointment. I kept getting the 'form over function' feeling throughout the film. The noir cinematography is delicious, but the movie itself didn't grab me as I hoped it would.
“I don't think any word can explain a man's life,” says one of the searchers through the warehouse of treasures left behind by Charles Foster Kane. Then we get the famous series of shots leading to the closeup of the word “Rosebud” on a sled that has been tossed into a furnace, its paint curling in the flames. We remember that this was Kane's childhood sled, taken from him as he was torn from his family and sent east to boarding school.
Rosebud is the emblem of the security, hope and innocence of childhood, which a man can spend his life seeking to regain. It is the green light at the end of Gatsby's pier; the leopard atop Kilimanjaro, seeking…
So you want to know about film?
To begin the journey towards becoming cine-literate, start here. Continue your movie education with the likes of 'The Godfather' and other classics. And then, when your informed mind is ready, move onto the greats ('Cobra', 'Timecop', etc.).
Seriously, though, you'll have to know everything, "trash, classics, good and bad ... see how they do it [and] absorb it." (William Faulkner on studying literature)
My mini-review of 'Citizen Kane' is right there at the top of the poster, by the way. It really is.
I can accept all the great attributes of this film, especially the fine acting and the dialogue, however I couldn't pin point the reason why I felt easily distracted.
For it's time I can see why this film is regarded as one of the very best, doubtful whether I will invest my time for another viewing but who knows...
"You know, all the same, I feel kind of sorry for Mr. Kane."
70+ years later and it still holds up. Remarkable all around. The cinematography is magnificent and groundbreaking. The set pieces are grand. The acting is impeccable. It's easy to see why this is widely considered the best movie ever.
Its been called the greatest. Its been called a masterpiece. Its been called the best film of all time. You know it, you love it, its the cinema milestone that is..."Citizen Kane".
"Citizen Kane" tells the story of Charles Foster Kane, a newspaper tycoon who's dying works are a mystery to everyone. The movie is told through flashbacks of Kane's life, with reporters trying to solve the mystery. I already knew the outcome, but it interesting seeing Kane's life and the meaning of "Rooosebuuud!"
Orson Welles brilliantly plays Kane even while doing triple duty, Actor, Director, and Producer. It is amazing to know most of the actors were unknowns and were very new to acting.
One thing I never really…
I think it will take me some time to fully appreciate this, but formally it is stunning.
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