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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]
Without question, Citizen Kane is the Citizen Kane of Citizen Kanes.
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…
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.
You don't need me to tell you how good this film is, it's Citizen Freaking Kane. I will say though that Welles directs the bejeezus out of this thing. Every single shot is so crowded, but in the best possible way.
Here's the thing though: At this point the fact that Rosebud is REDACTED is such common knowledge it's arguably the most famous movie spoiler of all time. Yet there's a reason I still bothered putting the REDACTED there. I wouldn't say it ruins the movie, but damn does having that knowledge beforehand deflate a lot of the movie's impact. At the end my first thought was how jealous I was of anyone who still didn't know the identity of Rosebud.
Yeah, I mean, it's good.
I'm sure you don't need me to tell you how brilliant this is. But the sheer virtuosity in-camera is still breath-taking all these years later. The 'Rosebud' nonsense aside this could be the perfect film.
With the inventive storytelling, hauntingly effective use of lighting and ambitious filming techniques, it still to this day stands out as one of the all-time greatest cinematic achievements.
I'm actually watching Better Call Saul right now but they're basically the same thing.
Towards the end of the film, the plot seems to simmer down and, in my opinion, get a bit tiresome. Even so, the astounding cinematic innovation put into this masterpiece trumps that last twenty minutes. This was my second time viewing the picture and I am positive it won't be my last. I anticipate my reaction to it will improve even more as the years goes by.
Just re-watched Citizen Kane for my Film History class and I've got to say, I love when I'm wrong about a movie after the first screening. I love it because in my second viewing (like today's) I get filled with excitement in the change of thought. I am delighted in the feeling that I can understand the film at a deeper level. Also, with Citizen Kane in particular, I gasped at the discovery of a theory (or approach) on the film I feel is not often discussed.
Citizen Kane is a masterpiece. A true work of art--and also a brutal labor of an artist. The work put into this film was tremendous, and thinking that film was only a wee-baby in the 1940s, makes it even more special.
If you don't "get" Citizen Kane at first, give it a second shot with someone who does.
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