Film Analysis : Orson Welles ' Film Citizen Kane Essay

779 Words Dec 2nd, 2015 4 Pages
Orson Welles’ film Citizen Kane (1941) is significant in the movie world because of the innovations it made not only in technique, but also in how films were conceptualized. It planted seeds for the film noir movement that was to come, and popularized lighting, angling, and transitioning methods filmmakers still use today. But Welles’ greatest legacy in Citizen Kane lies in his ability, through casting, plot, and cinematographic choices, to paint a man whose life is corrupted and ultimately destroyed by an unwavering lust for fulfillment of the “American Dream” through fame, fortune, and power. One technique that Citizen Kane has come to be known for is the use of deep focus shots. These shots required a careful balance of lighting and composition, and the right camera to bring the entire mise en scene into focus. By allowing the entire space to be engaged in a shot, Welles gave viewers a chance to watch multiple actions taking place at once, which heightened the realism and intensity of the film. In order to complement such a deliberate point of view, Welles hired a cast made up almost entirely of stage actors who had never been in any movies before. Their classical training allowed these actors to place themselves securely in each scene without overpowering it, a factor that balances well when a scene is being shot in deep focus. This technique proves particularly effective in scenes that depict Kane’s loss of control, because it establishes a clear sense of the space…

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