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Citizen Kane

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Citizen Kane 

The movie Citizen Kane i thought was very interesting, it was filled with suspense and a very controversial topic .It also seemed very modern, the camera angles and the use of lighting were very peculiar in this movie. The use of lighting was an important element in the movie. For example in the scene where you see  Mr. Kane’s portrait on the wall the camera angles is a long angle shot  and the lighting goes from bottom to top , it made the portrait look divine, as if Mr. Kane was god . Also in one of the last scenes, Mr. Kane is screaming and arguing with Miss Alexander, the lighting is so brilliantly used that the shadow of Mr. Kane is overshadowing her, as if Mr. Kane always was better and more powerful than her. Another example is when Mr. Thompson is reading the papers that Mr. Alexander left enable to find the mystery behind “Rosebud” , in that scene you Can’t really read what the paper says but they focus the light on the paper with some kind of glow that again makes it look almost divine.

Moreover Citizen Kane was more important even after it was released. The time period of the movie influences in the plot and the elements the director used .In the movie Mr. Kane used yellow journalism, he wanted to make headlines so the “Inquire’’ would be the best newspaper. In the scene were Kane just takes over the, “Inquire’’ he is talking to the main publisher of the newspaper. They argue because Kane just wants to make headlines he didn’t care if it would ruin the credibility of the newspaper.

The movie Citizen Kane was always in deep focus, no matter how close they got to the person or objects the back was always in focus. They are several repeated techniques like the use of low camera angles ,flashbacks and deep focus photography.The use of flashbacks throughtout the whole movie was brilliant , Welles perfectionazed this techinique and made it his own.In my opinion the diffrent aproach that Welles took on camra angles amde this movie so unique.

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  • In conjunction with your viewpoint on “the use of lighting” in the film, I believe that Welles’s use of shadows also stands out as an important element. For instance, the striking scene that stood out to me with its involvement of shadows was when Kane forced Susan to continue her singing career; in this scene, he walks over to her and casts a darkening shadow over her frightened face, as she tearfully and forcefully agrees to his demands. Not only was this scene effective in establishing Kane’s menacing and threatening persona, but it also highlighted how Kane had more power and authority over Susan’s life.

  • I agree with your post and the comment before mine. The lighting was crucial to this film. As Kimani Wilson-Hunte mentioned in her comment, the scene that stood out to me was when Kane forces Susan to continue her singing career as well. His shadow literally captivates her and she is unable to escape. The use of lighting is excellent in this scene. Through the shadow, audience are shown how Susan has no choice, but to sing. She is trapped. I think Kimani worded it really well.

  • Along with the comments about deep focus and camera angles causing the viewers to have a certain view of Kane as a “Godly” figure, there is a scene at the end of the movie where Kane passes by a large mirror. Throughout the entire film we shown Kane as a strong, large, intense figure but this is the first time we see Kane in a different perspective. As he passes by the mirrors and we see a few reflections of him, he now seems to be just an elderly, wore out, deteriorating man. It really gives a sense of how much Kane has changed throughout the movie.

  • I agree with many points that you have in your post. Lighting was something important in this film. I also like how you went into depth about the shadow and how Susan was trapped.

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