Citizen Kane: The Film Analysis Of Citizen Kane

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In 1941 the RKO studies and Orson Welles, co-writer and director, released, Citizen Kane. The plot of Citizen Kane follows Mr. Jerry Thompson, a reporter, as he searches for the meaning behind the final word of Mr. Charles Foster Kane's, “Rosebud.” Mr. Thompson makes his way around to the main people in Kane's life, including Mr. Walter Parks Thatcher, the childhood guardian of Kane, and Mr. Thatcher's memoirs. Within Mr. Thatcher's memoirs, Mr. Thompson came upon the story that surrounds this particular frame. The story recalls the day when Kane finds himself relinquishing control of his newspaper to Thatcher & Company in order to be able to survive The Great Depression. While there is no movement, editing, or dialogue in this frame, there is still a story to be told and a meaning to be explained. As this single frame taken from one of the greatest films shows how in that moment Charles Foster Kane has found himself reverted back to the child he once was as he watches Mr. Thatcher and Mr. Bernstein carry out the legal procedure, putting Kane back…show more content…
The position of the camera is to the right of Mr. Bernstein and directly opposite frame of Kane, while also being slightly behind Mr. Bernstein as he appears to be leaning on the table top. The angle of the camera appears to be at eye level with Mr. Thatcher who is sitting across the table, looking towards Kane as he stands, in the center of the frame, below the windows beyond the table. The impressive cinematography work of Gregg Toland's allows the audience to see, in full focus, both Mr. Thatcher and Mr. Bernstein in the foreground, but also Kane in the background. This deep-focus make Kane appear to be close to the size of a child as he looks on as the ‘adults’ in the room carry out the legal business of transfer of funds and

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