Citizen Kane Essay

1763 WordsJul 13, 20148 Pages
Orson Welles’ use of revolutionary distinctive film devices, such as film noir, has led to the development and success of Citizen Kane and its integral canonical position still held in todays contemporaneous. This film has strong political and historical themes as it was produced in the years following the Russian Revolution, goes through the late 20’s, being the time of the Great Depression and the production finishing up in the times of World War 2. The use of yellow journalism in the film mirrors that used by the media moguls of the time, with the story line distinctively paralleling the life of real life media mogul, Hearst, although Welles denies this link. Through the audience’s interpretation, supported by a Marxist contextual viewpoint, we can see how the abuse of power and wealth, media exploitation and the distortion of the truth all led to Kane’s downfall. Marxist critical literary perspectives focus on how the works of literature are conditioned by the economic and political forces of their social classes and focuses on a classless, anti-capitalist society. In Michelle Sobrino’s Marxist Criticism of Citizen Kane, she says “When Orson Welles created Citizen Kane, he wanted to provide audiences with a sort of American hero.” The film, Citizen Kane also holds true to the early conventions of postmodernism, which was slowly progressing into popular art forms. The use of this new literary genre contributes to Welles’ progressive style and his individual auteur theory. Citizen Kane is a deliberate anti-fascist film, which stems from Orson Welles’ personal political beliefs. Charles Foster Kane, from Orson Welles’ film Citizen Kane, owned many things in his life, but one of the most important items in his vast inventory of personal possessions was the means of production. Kane is a collector; seen right through the film, with the large amounts of imported

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