Analysis Of Orson Welles And Akira Kurosawa Essay

1531 Words Oct 24th, 2016 7 Pages
When Citizen Kane was released in 1941, it forever changed the film industry and exposed the world to a great cinematic masterpiece that used the American Dream as a foundation for it’s plot. Nearly a decade later Rashomon was released and displayed the unique aspects of Japanese cinema and the pursuit of the truth. Orson Welles and Akira Kurosawa both had clear visions of what they wanted their films to be; however, the two men took different approaches. Welles demonstrated different filming techniques, used a specific framing device and music to broadcast his theme. Kurosawa sought out elements of nature, lighting and the theatrical role of music to clearly communicate his ideas with the audience. Although these films are completely different, they were both groundbreaking in their use of technique, perspectives and themes. Just two years after the Great Depression Orson Welles released Citizen Kane, dismissing the retaliation that had been brought against it by William Randolph Hearst. The film was apparently inspired by Hearst, an innovative newspaper mogul, and captured his rise to the top ( PBS American Experience) . However, Hearst was not angered by the aspects of his life put on display but, by what the film stood for or what it meant. It demonstrated the American Dream to be a lie and proved that not even a man as great as Kane (or Hearst) could find complete fulfillment within it’s grasps. This is displayed throughout the film as the audiences watches…

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