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  • Time and again Citizen Kane gets selected as the best film ever made on different listings
  • It's sad how he was later treated by greedy Hollywood producers who butchered his later works like The Magnificent Ambersons, The Stranger, Touch of Evil and Mr Arkadin for being too boring

    • by limonar
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      Time and again Citizen Kane gets selected as “the best film ever made” on different listings. There is so much to say about the genius Orson Welles’ debut film, but I’ll restrict myself to the most important points and my own view.

      The film is a very complex story about a wealthy and powerful man’s life, but it is all told in flashbacks as it begins with this man’s mysterious death.

      Someone gets interested in why the man dies so suddenly


      and starts to interview people who knew him well.

      Orson Welles was only 25 when he created this film, and that is nothing less than a miracle.

      By that time he had such a perfect artistic vision developed and knew exactly how to express himself with cinematic tools to catch everyone’s interest.

      It’s sad how he was later treated by greedy Hollywood producers who butchered his later works like The Magnificent Ambersons, The Stranger, Touch of Evil and Mr Arkadin for ...


      • being “too boring”.

        With Citizen Kane however, Welles had the opportunity of making a film exactly as he wanted it.

        The visual style is expressionistic and reminds of the german silent era, but there also is a lot of inventive camera tecnique created by Orson himself and the brilliant cinematographer Gregg Toland.

        Citizen Kane is a film that will never stop haunting people with its extravagant style and mysterious theme.

        There is room for an endless amount of interpretations, but the

        key, the point of everything as I see it is to ask oneself a single question after seeing the film.

        What is Rosebud? The last word the main character repeats to himself before his death is never explained and doesn’t seem to have a precise meaning.

        The thought behind that is of an abstract character, and Welles intent was probably to make his audience understand that there is a lot more important to think about questions than finding the precise answers to them.




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