Orson Welles Essays

  • Citizen Kane As A Journalistic Film: Citizen Kane

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    expectation around it when it was first released in 1941. Citizen Kane was surrounded with various rumours of the movie being based on the real life story of the famous newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst. However it was never clarified by Orson Welles that the movie was actually about Hearst so the movie could not just be branded a biographical movie. The genre of this film was hard for film critics and viewers to decipher. The closest description of a genre for this film would have to be a

  • Citizen Kane Film Analysis Essay

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    The opening scene in Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941) sets the stage for probably the most critically acclaimed masterpiece in film history. Welles was truly a genius along with his cinematographer and partner in crime, Gregg Toland. Their filmography styles were elegant and sharply coordinated. Phenomenal techniques were used, such as cutting holes through the stage ground and to get new and interesting angles of perspective on important scenes. Also expertly done were Citizen Kane’s camera angles

  • Citizen Kane Analysis Essay

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    Directed by Orson Welles, the 1941 motion picture “Citizen Kane” is the story of the rise and fall of a great, influential man. The opening scenes of “Citizen Kane” are quite different from what follows during the rest of the film. Fading in and out of different landscapes instilled mystery. This mysterious vibe was carried on during Charles Foster Kane’s death through the use of shadows, quiet music, and close up shots. Isolated in his vast empire of a home, Kane uttered only one word before he

  • Citizen Kane Film Analysis

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    Kylie Mawn Professor Rodais CINE 121 Midterm 4 March 2018 Question 1: Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941) is a film that is well known for pushing cinematic boundaries in many ways. One commonly recognized technique in Welles’ film is deep focus photography. Deep focus photography is used in films to allow everything in a shot to be in focus at once. Typical, only specific characters or objects are in focus in any given frame in order to guide the audience’s attention in a scene, but deep focus can

  • Analysis Of Citizen Kane

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    the culminating point of Orson Welles ' film making profession. For, in spite of the fact that Welles lived for over forty years taking after the arrival of Kane, he never succeeded in recovering the brightness or satisfying the guarantee of his first component. After his demise, the life of Charles Foster Kane - daily paper head honcho and all-round overwhelming American - is told from the point of view of the individuals who knew him.As Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles), a newspaper tycoon dies

  • Citizen Kane Snow Ball Symbolism

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    Hearst, Welles, Kane... deconstructed... ménage a`trois Citizen Kane is considered by filmmakers and critics to be the greatest film of all time. Part of this lay in a young genius director using the means of production against one of America’s most wealthy media magnates, William Hearst. But Kane would have been forgotten had it not also been for the depth of characterization that Welles and Mankiewicz (screenwriter) brought to Kane as well as its original example of film art introducing a new style

  • Film Analysis Of The Film: Citizen Kane

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    The RKO studies 1941 release of Orson Welles, co-writer, and director of, Citizen Kane, and ended up with a film like none other. The plot of Citizen Kane follows a reporter, Mr. Jerry Thompson, as he searches for the meaning behind Mr. Charles Foster Kane's last word, “Rosebud.” As Mr. Thompson makes his way around to the different people in Kane's life he comes upon Mr. Thatchers, guardian of Kane, memoirs. One of the stories found within the pages of Mr. Walter Parks Thatcher's memoirs is that

  • Duchess Of Malfi Character Analysis

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    In the play, The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster, Bosola is a a paradoxical character who is torn between idea of a villain or a tragic hero. It is one of the most complex characters in Jacobean Drama. Anand Prakash says that “Bosola embodies the typical Jacobean aspect of human behaviour, a motivation strongly influenced by evil.” Yet, in our reading of the play we must suspend judgement and see how Webster builds the character of Bosola. He is a spy, a murderer hellbent on carrying out orders

  • Female Sexuality In Othello

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    Shakespeare's Othello is set during the Renaissance period and therefore the roles of the women in Othello are supposedly bounded by the period when women are considered to be of low intellect. In Othello, most male characters assume that women are inherently promiscuous, which explains why all three women characters in the play are accused of sexual infidelity. Yet Shakespeare develops the women to speak the most sense throughout the play and able to trust other characters in the play. To the men

  • Essay On Cinderella Man

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    The movie Cinderella Man was incredibly accurate of what it was like to live in the great depression, in its portrayal of the characters, setting, and events of the movie. Like in the movie, Jim J. Braddock was a boxer that lived during the great depression. He had many adversities that he had to face, and they are generally what fueled him to continue fighting. Movies usually tend to over exaggerate struggles, but Cinderella Man shows the raw reaction and reality during that time. The details

  • The Tragic Hero In Antigoles Antigone, By Sophocles

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    Have you ever read or watched a play that left your heart in pieces? Then, you have definitely come across what is called a tragedy. A tragedy is a form of drama in which the ending is a deep, serious, and sad one that leaves the audience in sorrow; this devastating ending is caused by the hero’s downfall, which is due to their “tragic flaw.” Every tragedy has a fallen hero known as “the tragic hero.” In the drama, “Antigone,” by Sophocles, there are two main tragic heroes, Antigone and Creon. Antigone

  • Alfred Hitchcock Rear Window Analysis

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    Cinema’s director Alfred Hitchcock is one of the most important and influential filmmakers of all the times. Using revolutionary techniques and controversial topics, Therefore, Hitchcock captivated the public as no other director of his time. One of the techniques that he made famous, his use of the hearing as a voyeur of the action on the screen. Hitchcock used this technique to dim the line between the innocent and the guilty. As well as to the public in the position where they were personally

  • Film Analysis Of The Great Dictator, By Charlie Chaplin

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    The Great Dictator is a 1940 political satire film written, produced, and staring world renowned actor and comedian, Charlie Chaplin. This was Chaplin’s first true sound film and wound up being his most commercially successful film. The film was nominated for several awards, including five Academy Awards. The setting is based in fictional country Tomania, based on Nazi Germany. The film was produced in the United States prior to World War II, at a time when the U.S. was still at peace with Nazi Germany

  • Glory Movie Analysis

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    Glory: Directed by Edward Zwick, Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, 1989. 122 Minutes Reviewed by Mike Edward Zwick’s Glory is a movie in which the balance between entertainment and history was perfectly managed. He uses the letters sent by contemporary Col. Robert G. Shaw to his wealthy family back in Massachusetts as the historical foundation of the movie while imagining conversations between characters. Through Col. Shaw’s eye, we are able to uncover the birth, the development, and the end

  • American Shame Rope Theme

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    Stars played a crucial role in the Hitchcock’s American films. When we analyse Hitchcock’s works in the 1940s and 1950s, it is deeply embedded in the star system. James Stewart served as Hitchcock’s icon of American manhood since his collaboration in Rope (1948). Amy Lawrence in her article “American Shame Rope, James Stewart, and the Postwar Crisis in American Masculinity” notes that “Stewart’s first film with Hitchcock highlights one of the recurrent themes of Stewart’s star image: the exploration

  • Origin Of Cinema In India

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    What is Cinema Cinema is a visual medium that tells stories and exposes reality. Cinema has been a great source to create awareness among people regarding social issues. When positively used it can be so powerful to encourage and appreciate people. Science and technology may also be encouraged by making movies on the topics of science and research. Origin of cinema in Sub-continent: The first ever film made in sub-continent was Raja Harishchandra which was released in Coronation theaters

  • Romeo And Juliet Camera Analysis

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    Various camera movements and the effects No Romeo and Juliet The Great Gatsby At the beginning of the movie when the ball is taking place and extreme wide shot is used to show what is happening on set, who is all there and who is enjoying the party. The first time Juliet sees Romeos face there is an extreme close up and this shows the expression on their face of absolute love and admiration. After this there are continuously camera cuttings and this shows the pace quickening like how the lovers

  • The Importance Of Deception In Othello

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    Deception, by its definition is known as an immoral deed, a one-dimensional act that conceals the truth. This statement however, with regards to Shakespeare’s plays proves to be false. The act of deception can be both for the good and bad. The reasons or intentions one could deceive another can be out of necessity as like Rosalind and Celia from As You Like It, Rosalind’s need to hide her gender in order to stay alive in the Forest of Arden. Or like in Othello deception can be used as a manipulative

  • A Spiritual Warrior In The Bhagavad Gita

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    Often the picture of a warrior conjures up images of a battered and wounded soldier, breathless and exasperated! The image of a spiritual warrior is somewhat different! A spiritual warrior is always ready and prepared to meet any challenge with alacrity. He has no fear, just love and lightness. Spiritual warriors are balanced - grounded and firm. They never tire because they never get wounded. Unlike the other warrior, this one smiles in the face of uncertainty! The spiritual warrior walks with

  • Baz Lulhmann Film Techniques Analysis

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    The evolution of the director Baz Lurhmann Andrew Venter Topic two: “Lurhmann’s films are not so much adaptations as re-imaginings” Baz Lurhmann is a very distinctive director who is both loved and hated for his bold cinematic techniques. These techniques allow Lurhmann to recreate famous titles such as Romeo and Juliet in a way that very few people could have ever imagined. From Lurhmann’s first film Strictly Ballroom these techniques were very prevalent and instead of out growing these brash