Citizen Kane Questionnaire
View the movie CITIZEN KANE (1941) for discussion in class on week four and to submit week five. Be sure to view the film at least twice before workshop number four. Read the information in this syllabus about this movie. Research it online at http://www.filmsite.org/citi.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizen_Kane, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0033467/, http://www.cinepad.com/reviews/kane.htm, etc. Then complete the following questionnaire
A. Literary Elements (Describe in one or two sentences)
1. Structure (storytelling format
The storytelling format for this film was more of an investigation kind of way, searching for the meaning of the word rosebud. Flashbacks used throughout the film to fill in information that could lead to the meaning of the words. 2. Plot (story)
The story is about a man who becomes a tycoon. While gaining riches, wives and possessions he loses his soul. He dies and some journalists want to discover the meaning of his dying words “rose bud”.
3. Theme (message)
The theme message for this film is that money and power do not make a person. Not all the power and money one person may have is going to fulfill the happiness one desires. 4. Three moral issues in the story
Power cannot buy happiness nor can it fulfill it. There were a few social issues, one of them being family and marriage issues such as divorce. Kane’s fame and wealth cannot save him from his secret relationship.
B. Mise en Scene: Theatrical Elements (give two examples each, noting briefly what you have observed and where in the film)
5. Unusual Sets/Backdrops
A.) The scene where Kane and his wife were at a cafe or restaurant and the back drop was a wilderness or forest and they threw in animated birds flying through the backdrop. B.) Another element was enormous fireplace at Kane’s residence.
6. Historic Costuming
A.) Their costumes represented the era and their social status. B.) Kane wore a thick, heavy fur coat that represented his status; having great deal of money.
7. Notable Makeup
A) Kane’s makeup in the early stages young and youthful and at the end, it showed him 85 and old-marriage scene, young and when his second wife was leaving him, it depicted him old with a cane B) Makeup shown when his second wife dressed up to sing opera at their theatre she wore heavy makeup
8. Composition (vertical lines, ceiling framing)
A.) There is a ceiling frame scene, where Kane and his friend come across the reporter that had fallen asleep; on the review of wife’s performance. The camera focused on his friend using a low angle showing the corner of the ceiling his head. B.) In the theatre, during one of the performances the camera scrolls up looking at nothing but the structure of the building. As the camera, scrolls up there were walkways or railing that went across the screen.
9. High key lighting (happy)
A) When he meets his second wife and goes to her place she is lit up and light depicting happy. B) There is high lighting used while watching the marching girls; cheering and happy music playing in background.
10. Low key Lighting (mystery)
A.) There is a face in the dark when Kane goes to meet someone for information about something. The dark shadow over the face shows that there is a secret. B.) In the start of the film appears to be several men in a darkened room; appears mystererious, searching for answers. All men stay in the dark when that scene ends. C.) Low key lighting used when fireworks launched into the sky.
11. Notable Acting (and movement)
A.) The end of the movie Kane destroys his second wife’s room, breaking glass, flipping tables over, throwing everything on the ground, showing his anger, frustration and pain. B.) Notable acting when Kane slaps his second wife across the face when she was complaining about the...
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