Citizen Kane Essay

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Citizen Kane Journal Citizen Kane is a film released in 1941 written, produced, directed and starring Orson Welles (www.IMDB.com). It’s the story of a newspaper mogul’s rise and eventual death. The story is told in a non-linear fashion using flashbacks. A news reel worker is investigation Kane’s life through a series of interviews and flashbacks to determine the meaning behind Kane’s dying cryptic word “rosebud.” The film is said to be based in part off a real newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst, who had strong objections to the film initial release. This film is by and large to be considered on of the absolute best films ever made. This assignment was my first time ever seeing it. Will I go so far to say it’s one of the best in my humble opinion? No. However, it is easy to see how innovative this film was. The narrative structure was something new to cinema. Its non-linear storytelling and use of flashbacks were innovative. All these artistic innovative elements in Citizen Kane added to this film being as highly praised and as it is. One of this films more innovative mentions is its use of deep focus in many shots. This technique done by cinematographer Gregg Toland allowed everything in the background and foreground (along with everything in between) to be in sharp focus. All this was done through Toland experimentation with lenses and lighting (www.Wikipoedia.com). Another more uncommon method for the times used in Citizen Kane was the low angle shot. This was not commonly used in Hollywood studios because it would reveal the ceiling of a 2 sound stage. The production of this film simply hung cloth to hide the roof and lowered the boom microphones to the ground to keep out of frame. Simple concepts, but radical for the time of shooting films in Hollywood. Citizen Kane is told in a non-linear way with a somber conclusion. This was not common practice at

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