Citizen Kane Essay

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Citizen Kane Using conventions of the newspaper, biography, and mystery genres, Orson Welles shows a few major events of the life of the man, Charles Foster Kane, and engages the viewer to rebuild his life by combining these events. Normally, Classical Hollywood Cinema, (or CHC) had exceedingly straightforward storylines with exceptionally accurate plot structures. It simply presents the audience with a unified narrative using invisible film techniques to help the viewer make sense of the story. Avoiding mystery and confusion, CHC uses simple, yet smooth narrative that allows the audience to transition into a horizontal trip through the story. Citizen Kane rejects the conventions of Classical Hollywood Cinema through framing, time, deep focus, and nonlinear and logical narrative development. Orson Welles adds small details in his scenes to disrupt conventional CHC standards. Even though the framing of his scenes are unimportant to some, they still play a significant role in assisting the narrative. When watching the film for the third time, the montage of Kane and his wife’s divorce, the centerpiece on the table at each dinner setting, caught my attention. As the scene plays, I noticed that the flowers progressively withered and died, as did the marriage. The flowers were not the main object in the frame, but it does effect the observation of the viewer. Another invisible element that Welles adds to his film is the ability to look deeply into large spaces, a deep-focus. Deep focus means including all elements of the frame in focus at the same time. Deep focus is most effective in scenes that portray Kane’s loss of control and his personal isolation. In one scene, Charles Foster Kane is captured signing away his fortune. Kane then stands and begins to pace towards a row of windows, then returns to the position. If we really pay attention to the

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