And while the anticipation of seeing a film with such overwhelming acclaim may be quite exhilarating, actually watching it is ultimately an intimidating and somewhat disappointing experience. Even though the plot unfolds by jumping in and out of nonlinear flashbacks, it is surprisingly easy to keep track of.
Not because it's "too old" or "too boring", but because it has been hailed--almost universally--as the single best motion picture ever made. And while the anticipation of seeing a film with such overwhelming acclaim may be quite exhilarating, actually watching it is ultimately an intimidating and somewhat disappointing experience.
From the enchanting performances right down to the meticulously planned camera movements and clever lighting tricks, there isn't a single element of CITIZEN KANE that isn't a stunning achievement in all areas of filmmaking.
Even though the plot unfolds by jumping in and out of nonlinear flashbacks, it is surprisingly easy to keep track of. The straightforwardness and relatively fast pace of the story are what make it seem intimidating. Because everything moves smoothly along without any standstill, it feels like we are being fooled-like there is something much greater that we just can't seem to grasp.
And then, during those final frames, that something was revealed, and it all began to make sense. Was this review helpful?
Sign in to vote. The march of time It begins at the end, we see a man of obvious wealth and power breathe his last, and then the mysteries of his life are unraveled via a series of anecdotes, barely remembered scenes and highly subjective memories.
The boldness of this approach cannot be overemphasized. At the time that this film was made Hollywood was for the most part used to creating straight-forward stories with clearly identified heroes and villains.
Kane dared to present Man as he is, rife with confusions, internal contradictions and uncertainty. As the film progressed, we see Kane, loosely based on William Randolph Hearst, the famous newspaper tycoon slowly sacrifice his ideals in order to build his financial empire, losing his friendships with those who believed in him until ultimately he looses everything he has, his marriage, his friends, and his integrity.
Though he is the richest man in the world he lives his remaining isolated in his privately built mountain estate where he has surrounded himself with material pleasures, alone and despairing, one senses that he welcomes death.
The film takes the view that wealth and power are inherently destructive of human values. What is so masterful about Kane is its ambiguity.
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|Citizen Kane | Reelviews Movie Reviews||Add your rating See all 43 kid reviews. He meets with five different people who were important in Kane's life -- from the man who raised Kane to his second wife -- to try to understand the small mystery of Kane's last word and the larger mystery of the man who was capable of both integrity and corruption, and who seemed to have no sense of peace or happiness.|
|Citizen Kane (United States, 1941)||Is it the best film ever made? For years, I have avoided writing a review of this movie, intimidated perhaps by its immense reputation.|
|Citizen Kane | Reelviews Movie Reviews||Add your rating See all 42 kid reviews. While the characters never reveal the meaning of "Rosebud," the viewer is permitted to solve that mystery.|
We never are certain if Kane really did believe in the values that he professed. At the same time that he sets himself up as above the world, he longs for the affection of the common people.
This is symbolized by his exploitative, and patronizing love for a chorus girl, Susan Alexander Dorothy Comingore. Her character is given a paper-thin characterization, the only obvious flaw in a nearly perfect movie. Orson Wells gives a bravura performance as Kane, both identifying with and condemning the man.
This film was his first venture into movie making after the infamous War of the Worlds radio broadcast that threw America into an uproar. Wells, a child prodigy, had a background in Shakespearian theater, offering modernized adaptations of the Classics, a bold and unusual gesture at the time.
He brought that kind of sweeping tragic romantic sensibility to his first film. Unconstrained by Hollywood's traditions, he broke all the rules. The deep focus photography that gives Kane its theatrical look was one of his innovations.Citizen Kane helped define the language of film, and the totality of its achievement provides no end of fascinating topics to discuss at length.
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A version of this review appears in print on May 2, of the National edition with the headline: Orson Welles's Controversial 'Citizen Kane' Proves a Sensational Film at Palace -- 'That.
When it comes to Citizen Kane, one question eclipses all others: Is it the best film ever made? For years, I have avoided writing a review of this movie, intimidated perhaps by its immense reputation. Having missed the fiftieth anniversary. Classic should be required for any movie lover.
Read Common Sense Media's Citizen Kane review, age rating, and parents guide. The movie Citizen Kane was loosely based on the life of William Randolph Hearst. The movie begins with the death of Charles Foster Kane, who was the editor of the New York Journal.
He says the name rosebud and drops a crystal ball, which falls to the ground a shatters. May 24, · “Citizen Kane” is more than a great movie; it is a gathering of all the lessons of the emerging era of sound, just as “Birth of a Nation” assembled everything learned at the summit of the silent era, and “” pointed the way beyond narrative.4/4.