“Citizen Kane” comment

October 8th, 2010

Orson Welles is a smart person, he used a completely different way to narrated Kane’s story. At the beginning, the scene is showing Kane is almost pass away but he left a hint for us – “Rosebud”. This is a smart way to attract the audience to keep watching the whole movie and find out the meaning of “Rosebud”. (even this movie is kind of old and boring but I still wanna find out the truth so I keep watching it and paying attention in every details to find out the meaning of “Rosebud”)

After that, we see Kane’s wife, friend, assistant to describe Kane is what kind of person and what he did, etc. The audience has to go through the third person to know more about Kane, and I think this is the funny thing and Orson Welles used a fresh way to narrated a story which is totally different from a usual movie. And about the camera shooting and lighting, Welles was doing a good move in this point too. He used the low angle to shoot the indoor scene and using the sense of space to emphasize the character’s relationship, for example, Kane and Susan’s sense of alienation is always display in their big, grand home, they always have to speak to each other in a long distance which means their relationship is not really close as a usual couple. Welles also using the strong low-light effect to make the contrast between characters, it can make the audience to know what’s going on just look at the image and without any dialogue.

In conclusion, I think Citizen Kane is a good movie because Orson concentrated on the images, character’s expression more than the dialogue and I think this is pretty hard to use the little dialogue to express more plots.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

One Response to ““Citizen Kane” comment”

  1. jbmedst144 on October 25, 2010 11:08

    You are right about the beginning scene and the mystery behind “rosebud” to keep the audience interested in watching the movie, that is what kept me watching the film also.

Trackback URI | Comments RSS

Leave a Reply

Name (required)

Email (required)


Speak your mind