Citizen Kane Paper

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The film “Citizen Kane” (1941) by Orson Welles was his first film. It was revolutionary in the way that only a first film could be. Welles went places and did things with the art that no one else had thought to do before, and if they had they had not executed it is such a meaningful manner. He pioneered many techniques that were only dreamed of by film makers previously. Was it perhaps his naivety in film making that gave him the gumption to try new things without worry for the consequences or was it that he was blindly given a large sum of money with no boundaries when it came to exercising his creativity? It could have been blind luck. It might have even been his over the top ego that propelled him into the unknown of film technique. Who knows what it was? Not this writer, nor is it my place to ponder his motivation. It is my place, however, to tell you, my reader, about but a few of the techniques he employed in his masterpiece. In this writing, I will also convey to you the meaning and circumstances of the most poignant and significant scene of the film and why it is so meaningful. Many of the techniques Welles incorporated into “Citizen Kane” were quite revolutionary at the time of the film’s production. They have changed the way the artists create films and the observers take in the art before them. Though it is up for debate whether or not this was the first use of some of the techniques involved, it is unquestionable that no one had ever used them with the mastery that Welles did. While they were so revolutionary, they were not distracting. They were an integral but subtle part of the story told. The first of the techniques I will discuss is Welles’ use of the Dissolve. This is a technique used to change scenes without a stop in action. It is done when the present scene becomes progressively translucent while the viewer is able to start seeing the images

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