Mystery of a Lifetime (Film review on Citizen Kane by Orson Welles) Our life is full of mysteries; we arrived in this world with unsure purpose. Death comes in our life in its most untimely visit. A story about being told to answer a subtlety death of a well-known English man is now claimed as one of the greatest films in cinema history. Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane set the bars in how to create an appealing and innovating storytelling that in this modern time is still recognized. Played as Charles Foster Kane, himself, Welles, unexpected fame brought breakthrough in the film history and student filmmakers of many generations had the chance to study this one-of-a-kind film.
Photography is the key element of mise en scene that determines how an audience will interpret the visual information in film. Orson Welles used the photography of his 1941 film Citizen Kane to emphasize aspects of the film he wanted viewers to focus on, and to remove non-essential information from the frame. This was accomplished through various camera techniques including manipulation of angles and proxemic patterns. Approaching the end of the film, there is a scene just after Susan (played by Dorothy Comingmore) has left her husband, Charles Foster Kane (played by Orson Welles), where he proceeds to trash her bedroom in a fit of anger. As Kane stumbles around the room, sweeping items onto the floor and throwing things into walls, (Welles
Orson Welles 1941 film, Citizen Kane, depicts the American dream through the protagonist Charles Foster Kane. In the film, Orson Welles relies heavily on his understanding of the audience by using pathos and ethos in order to convince them of his purpose for writing the film. The appeal to pathos convinces the viewer as to how depressing Charles Foster Kane's life is even with all his fame and fortune. The use of pathos is apparent in the scene where Jedediah Leland says, "That's all he ever wanted out of life...was love. That's the tragedy of Charles Foster Kane.
The more clearly I can see its physical manifestation, the more I am stirred by its mystery. It is one of the miracles of cinema that in 1941 a first-time director; a cynical, hard-drinking writer; an innovative cinematographer, and a group of New York stage and radio actors were given the keys to a studio and total control, and made a masterpiece. “Citizen Kane” is more than a great movie; it is a gathering of all the lessons of
Citizen Kane , a film directed by Orson Welles, showcases many fascinating elements of filmmaking. The way that Welles illustrates these elements of filmmaking is the reason that James Naramore describes Citizen Kane as a powerful work of art. The narrative structure of Citizen Kane is an examination into the life of Charles Foster Kane, from his ambiguous upbringing as a child to his renowned success as a newspaper tycoon throughout his entire adulthood. Welles’ narrative structure and use of specific techniques of sound and cinematography create significant meanings and effects throughout the film. Furthermore, Welles’ stresses the cinematographic technique of deep-focus photography and a variety of camera angles (i.e.
One of the oldest and classic films in the beautiful world of cinema, Citizen Kane, has been released in 1941 by Orson Welles (Charles Foster Kane). Even though this film is an old movie, but its events, ideas, and mysteries are still on the lookout for the viewers to look at and figure out. When we talk about Citizen Kane, we are talking about a film with many ideas and a convergence of several symbols and inspirations that make the individuals think a lot about the purpose or meaning that the writer, director, producer and hero of the movie want. Perhaps the biggest and most controversial symbol of the film is “Rosebud”, the word that Kane says before he died. The film returns with flashback to the life of Charles Foster Kane, who grew up
In Citizen Kane, the mise-en-scene was designed to evoke an emotion that permeates the whole movie. The mise-en-scene in the film happens when the parents of the young boy, Charles Kane, are speaking with a refined man in the house. While they are all speaking, you can see the little boy playing with his sled, having fun outside in the snow, as you look into the background through the window. This part presents the image of the innocence that is taken from him in that exact moment. There he is pure and innocent and what a child should be, but we will at no time see him in this condition after the decisive change that is taking place without his understanding and
Citizen Kane challenged the traditional narrative and technical elements of classic Hollywood cinema mainly in the area of sound. Orson Welles was ahead of his time when he created his works of manipulating sound to transfer meaning in the film Citizen Kane. Welles used concealed hanging microphones to obtain different levels of sound throughout the film. The manner, in which the story was told, from Kane’s death flashbacked to his life of success and ultimate failure, was also a new style of storytelling for films. Welles also used symbolism with his last mumbling word “Rosebud.” As I read more the full synopsis of the movie, I learned that his last word “Rosebud” was actually the sled that he played with as a boy prior to his mother sending
Some characters such as "birdman" are based on real life inmates of the Alcatraz prison. Also, some real life prison events influenced the Shawshank story. Events such as inmates escaping from Alcatraz and the New Mexico State Penitentiary Riot influenced King to write the Shawshank story. The Shawshank Redemption's genre is drama. A drama book that relates to the Shawshank Redemption is To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
She was known to constantly challenge the theatre and what it had to offer and why and how. According to Sierz (2005): “Quintessential 1990s writers whose debut, Blasted, set off a massive controversy which put the new theatrical sensibility on the map. Not only did Kane produce a body of work which constantly challenged the restraints of form, but she also worked hard at teaching other writers”. She wrote a lot of well-known plays such as 4.48 Psychosis and Blasted where she created her own type of writing. This stunned the audience and this is how she became one of the faces of In-Yer-Face theatre (Sierz, 2005).