Manangan, Alvin Neil C.
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 that it was presented in 2nd and 3rd person point of view, in which the first story that I mentioned was in the 3rd person point of view and the second story on the 2nd person point of view.
The group of guys was in an investigation on who or what is Rosebud. In this investigation, they were led to these characters with whom Charlie Kane was in touch with when he was still alive. The people that they got to talk to were the ones who have told us the story of Charlie Kane. And the flashback was brought by the story-telling of the guy interviewed of Charlie Kane’s life.
The main goal that I see in this film is to know who or what is Rosebud. 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...
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