Citizen Kane Review

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Luke Hartwig 9/24/09 Film 150a Review of Citizen Kane Orson Wells’ “Citizen Kane” is the one movie that all cinemaphiles have either seen, or at least heard of. Initially released in 1941 and rereleased in 1956, “Citizen Kane” gathered almost nothing but acclaim and is widely regarded as one of the best films ever made. It offers pleasing elements on many levels, from its visual abundance to meaningful dialogue. The fact that it was a groundbreaking film only added to its entertainment value. In short, if you don’t end up liking “Citizen Kane” as a movie, be prepared to be in the minority. A vital thing to know about “Citizen Kane” is that it was Wells’ film, through and through. Wells, who directed, edited, produced, starred in, and helped write “Citizen Kane” was a 25 year-old wunderkind who had been producing Broadway shows, a newcomer to Hollywood. After his infamous broadcasting of “War of the Worlds” over the radio in 1939, Wells decided to make the next logical step towards film in the autumn of ’39. In August he signed with RKO Radio Pictures, under the condition that he had total control of the final cut in the movies he made, which was unheard of at the time of Hollywood studio dominance. After having two projects shelved, Wells began work on “Citizen Kane”. Assuming a myriad of roles, Wells became the prime storyteller, with all of the responsibility to the movie’s quality falling squarely on his shoulders. “Citizen Kane” opens with the scene of the title character’s death at his luxurious estate known as Xanadu. It continues with the revelation of his final word: Rosebud. The film then jumps into a newsreel-style reporting of Kane’s death, and a brief telling of what an accomplished life he led. The camera

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