Analysis Of Orson Welles ' Citizen Kane Essay example

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Orson Welles ' Citizen Kane is a widely acclaimed film and said to be one of the greatest American films. The film is more than 70 years old, but it is still considered as a classic. So what makes Citizen Kane so remarkable? I believe the technical aspects are part of why it is so well regarded. He uses camera angles, audio, lighting and many other techniques effectively to convey the message. This paper focuses on how Welles ' has conveyed the theme of “corrupting influence of power and wealth” and the theme of “loss” in particular.

One of the moments that shows Kane 's corruption of power is when he is blackmailed by Jim Gettys, a competitor of Kane in the New York governor election. The tone drastically changes after Kane gives his campaign speech. As soon as his son leaves the frame, the vibrant music stops. After Kane 's first wife Emily says she 's going to “185 West 74th Street,” in which Kane 's secret lover Susana lives, a different music fades in; this time an eerie a little bit creepy one. There are also changes in facial expressions. The men behind Kane and his wife were smiling until they sensed that something was going wrong.

At Susan 's apartment, there is a quite long pause when Jim Gettys makes an appearance. This silence is necessary to emphasize the importance of Gettys in this particular scene. We cannot see Gettys face at this point because of a shadow, and this gives a sense of mystery and an impending threat that will cast upon Kane and his family.…

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