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Citizen Kane

John Alois Prof. Raffay CIN100/9259 12/3/09 Citizen Kane is often regarded as the greatest American film of all time. It expertly executes many different aspects of film making as an art form. Orson Wells used a new style of shot framing called Mise en Scene to show the dynamics in a scene. He also used lighting in ways that had never been used before. As the star of the movie as well, Orson Wells delivers an all time great performance as Kane. All these things add up to create one of the greatest...

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Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane is an American classic film from 1941 and it is regarded as one of the top ten greatest movies of all time. It was able to achieve this with a complex and clever way of telling a story and revealing the plot. Along with a great cast of new but talented actors, each helped brought their characters to life to make the film memorable. Especially the character Charlie Kane, whose performance made you both love him and hate him at the same time. The actor director Orson Welles crafted this...

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Citizen Kane

Discuss the ways in which Citizen Kane challenged the traditional narrative and technical elements of classic Hollywood cinema. Give specific examples using appropriate cinematic terminology. Citizen Kane is a 1941 American drama film directed, co-written, produced by, and starring Orson Welles. This was Welles’s first feature film. With this film, Welles introduced many new filmmaking innovations. Some of the innovations were in cinematography, storytelling techniques, and special effects, lighting...

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citizen kane

Never has the fine art of cinematography been so perfectly executed than by Orson Welles in his perennial film, Citizen Kane. Whether a fan of the story or not, every true admirer of movies can appreciate the cinematic techniques utilized by Welles to capture the life of his enigmatic main character. Many aspects of the movie have been analyzed thoroughly, but what I would like to examine is an idea that is often overlooked. As the movie fades in, an eerie chain link fence and a sign reading NO...

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Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane Cinematography is the process of capturing moving images on film or a digital storage device. Mis-en-Scene is used to represent the director’s role of what appears in the shot. This can include lighting, setting, costumes, props and actions of who or what is in the shot. Citizen Kane was a revolutionary film and advanced many film techniques that are still used today. Citizen Kane was released in 1941; Directed by Orson Wells who also stars in the film at the age of 25. It was him...

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Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane “the best film of the 20th century” according to the AFI and many other film organizations. André Bazin describes this film as “a discourse on method”. What Bazin is basically trying to say is that Citizen Kane is a technical movie for its time. Citizen Kane is a realistic film and it is number one because of it's cinematography, the framing, editing, kinetics, storytelling, soundtrack and it's overall message. Citizen Kane's photography was not like most films of their era. The...

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Summary of Citizen Kane

Orson Welles' film Citizen Kane has been consistently ranked as one of the best films ever made. A masterpiece of technique and storytelling, the film helped to change Hollywood film-making and still exerts considerable influence today. However, at the time of its premiere in 1941, it was a commercial failure that spelled disaster for Welles' Hollywood career. Citizen Kane tells the story of millionaire press magnate Charles Foster Kane (played by Welles). The film opens with Kane on his death bed...

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Lighting of Citizen Kane

Lighting and Darkness of Citizen Kane Directed by Orson Welles and released in 1941 by RKO, "Citizen Kane", is considered by mane film critics to be one of the greatest examples of film ever made. Many critics believe the acting is one of the major reasons for the film's greatness. Due to Orson Welles background in radio and live theater, others believe the music and sound effects are what truly make this film great. Orson Welles and Greg Toland, the cinematographer, both were considered to...

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Citizen Kane Essay

ENGL 1201 October 30, 2012 Frame from Citizen Kane Citizen Kane, directed and written by Orson Welles in 1941. Charles Kane is the publisher of the New York Inquirer. He is a very wealthy man that is hungry for money and power. He is a very famous and well respected man who thrives to get on top. He is married to the daughter of the president of the U.S. but he wants more. He then runs for governor against James Getty’s. Kane is married to Emily Kane, at the same time he is also having an affair...

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Citizen Kane - Consequences of Obsession

Citizen Kane Essay – Consequences of Obsession In Citizen Kane, Orson Welles explores the consequences of obsession. Such obsessions include Kane’s desire to win the love of others, regaining his lost childhood, Kane’s obsession with his reputation and public image, and Thompson, the journalist, seeking to unravel the mysteries of Kane’s life. Kane’s obsession with winning the love of others is due to him being stripped of a maternal figure at a young age, which the latter was replaced by the...

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