Citizen Kane

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Manangan, Alvin Neil C. FILM THEORY

4CA1 Dr. Cesar Orsal

CITIZEN KANE CRITIQUE PAPER

Citizen Kane is investigative and melodramatic film. The quest for Rosebud and the journey of Charles Foster Kane’s life made the film interesting. It made the audience curious and able to hang until the end of the film. It was done in a flashback sequencing that gave Citizen Kane an exciting and interesting mood for its audience.

. Citizen Kane as I observe, has two different stories in one film. First is the story of the guy who wanted to know who or what is Rosebud, which was the last word the Charlie Kane uttered before he died. And the second one is the life story of Charlie Kane itself. Thus, I can say
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I saw the mixture of the different formalistic elements of a film in Citizen Kane. It was goal-oriented yet when the life story of Kane was told it becomes character oriented. The use of the flashback in this film is to tell us the story of Charlie Kane’s which somehow veered us away from the first goal which was to know who or what is Rosebud. Rosebud has become mysterious to everyone around the world because the public doesn’t know anyone named Rosebud with whom Kane had an affair with. It is their interest to know who or what is Rosebud, what is its importance and why did he utter this before he …show more content…
Thompson, did not find out what is Rosebud. Rosebud was the name of the sled of Kane from his childhood. We can remember that he was given by her mother to a banker on a snowy day. After the encounter, he was given a sled by the banker which has a name “Rosebud” on it. This might be the symbolism of his longing for his mother. Charlie Kane did not come from a rich family that’s why her mother gave him to a rich man. Charlie grew up rich and he became famous. He has become the owner of the New York Inquirer and acquired many more businesses like radio. He was loved by all of the people surrounding. He married Emily, the niece of the president of America. But life was not good at him. He was accused of having a love nest with a singer named Susan. This was released a day before election that led him to defeat to become the governor. His business and riches slowly deteriorated. He then married Susan and had an opera house. He wanted to show everyone that he is not a mediocre. He wanted to prove to everyone that he is not weak and not giving

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