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…
With all the hype I expected this movie to be kind of a let down but no. It lives up to it. It may not be the #1 film of all time but I do agree it's one of the greatest. The story is interesting and engaging and it really gets you locked with each character. You sypathize with every one of them in a different way. My friend also mentioned how well the movie ages and that made me watch it in a whole new way. It doesn't feel like your normal 40's cinematic experience. Citizen Kane set a modern tone that has been exercised ever since. It's one for the books.
Citizen Kane has a mythos built upon a sense of injustice. It was under appreciated when it came out - a financial failure whose unconventionality set Orson Welles' career back. It didn't even take home the Academy Award that year, losing to the unmemorable How Green Was my Valley.
It's biggest injustice, however, might be that the viewing of Citizen Kane is not often framed in a positive light. Kane's presence at the top of numerous "Greatest of..." lists means that many people first view it as part of a rubric. This gives it the aura of a math problem or a five paragraph essay - something that you are required to struggle through in order to pass that beginning…
This was my second time around with this film. The first time I saw it I was not that impressed. My opinions with cinema were still developing, as they still are, but now I do see what is so remarkable with this picture.
The story itself is quite touching and mysterious. Kane is a self-made man with too much pride for his own good, who wants love and companionship, but gets so caught up in his career that he loses touch with that side of himself, a side that was buried so deep that no one was aware of it. His life never made sense to anyone. And even for the viewer this is still so with his many different…
This film has the distinction of having the greatest room trashing scene ever.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Finally I've seen it! YES, last night I saw Citizen Kane. This is the oldest film I have ever seen but it is up there with the bests films I've ever seen. Citizen Kane truly lived up to expectations.
This film had a great story, it wasn't complex however it was strong. I found the story a little bit slow sometimes and nearly fell asleep a couple of times. Despite it's non-complexity I was having trouble following it in the middle, but, my doubts and worries were stamped out by the ending, all the confused pieces of the jigsaw puzzle were pulled together, it has to be one of the best film endings I have ever seen just falling short…
Listening to Ebert's commentary
I have seen this dozens of times (hundreds?) for almost 40 years and it's actually surprising me more and more each time. How is this possible? Is it my ever-increasing Stendhal Syndrome? I know every line in this film; how can I be moved and surprised by these cuts? I notice more and more every little thing that DOESN'T work in here and it makes me love the film more. I may have said it before, maybe even here but it's still the most exuberantly FUN of all filmic masterpieces. Couldn't think of anything else to watch this morning, wound up with KANE as comfort food. Always good. Always different.
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