Pulp Fiction, and The Lord of the Rings all use MacGuffins to drive the plot forward. The featured MacGuffins in those films include the plans to the Death Star, Marsellus Wallace’s brief case, and the One Ring, respectively. In Orson Welle’s Citizen Kane, Charles Foster Kane’s last word happens to be “rosebud,” a name that has not the slightest meaning to the other characters. However, it is the instigation for the reporter to interview many people from Kane’s life, which illustrates the…
Types of Key Innovations
Methods of sound recording improved steadily. Early microphones were omnidirectional, picking up unwanted noise from crew and equipment. Gradually, unidirectional microphones, which could be aimed specifically at the desired sound source, were developed. While early booms to hang and move the microphone above the set had been large and clumsy, lighter booms soon made recording more flexible. By late 1932, innovations in multiple-track recording per-…
One of Brooks’s supporting actors is a man name Orson Welles. Welles, a brilliant actor, was famous for his acting on Citizen Kane (1941) and for his iconic voice in his work for serial narration of several feature films, led Brooks to hire Welles to do the narration for the time of the Neanderthals. Welles narrates a group of cavemen of their daily lives, and tells the complex…
Hierarchy of Knowledge
“Mr. Kane was a man that lost almost everything he had… So, maybe Rosebud was something that he lost…” Citizen Kane is considered to be the greatest film ever made. Orson Welles had the ultimate freedom of directing this film in an innovative way that is not in chronological order. The film begins with the camera focused on an old man’s mouth, which whispers one word: "Rosebud." The old man then drops the globe, which rolls onto the floor and shatters. After a moment of…
The fascinating part of Citizen Kane is that there are various untrustworthy narrators throughout the movie. In the very beginning we can see the newspaper headlines announcer giving the recent deceased of Kane. At that point you have all his own colleagues every telling the correspondent Thompson a specific piece of Kane's life. This particular approach to unfurl the plot certainly makes the film all the more captivating, making a biopic feel. It additionally includes significantly more…
Citizen Kane opens with a quasi-subjective series of shots each creeping deeper within the Kane Estate until Charles Kane is seen on his deathbed holding a snowglobe.The original shot is a close-up of a “No Trespassing” sign. The camera, as well as the audience, bypasses the sign and crosses the fence, each shot inching closer to the light in the window until we see Kane dying on his bed. On the way there, we see a desolate estate (apart from the caged monkeys), enormous in space but empty. As…
Welles used sound to establish and further enhance the viewer’s attention to the meanings of what is portrayed on screen. Another impressive use of sound in Citizen Kane is the sequence after the end of the newsreel announcing the death of Kane. We are exposed to a room, dimly lit and shallow (unlike the deep and wide banquet room), full of men. The camera focuses on Mr. Rawlston, who, while he speaks, performs a myriad of motions towards and against the camera – all of which are enhanced…
Film: Citizen kane
Sequence Analysis WorkSheet
This worksheet describes 6 main elements that you can talk about in your sequence analysis.
6. Audience Address
What "happens" in the selected sequence?
camera moves slowly to show “Mr.Kane in 1871” written on a paper
happy music playing in the background
Kane using his sled to slide down the snow
Kane stands up and throws a snowball at his house
a wooden board with “Mrs kane…
Citizen Kane, written, directed and starring Orson Welles is a biographical/detective film on the life of Charles Foster Kane. The film sets out with a journalist called Thompson speaking to his boss about how they want to announce Kane’s death to the world on News of the March. They need more information about Kane, his personality and a deeper insight into his life rather than the facts that everyone already knows. This is where Rosebud comes into play. Rosebud was the final word that Kane…
Based on pictorial qualities of the two juxtaposed shots. Both qualities of mise en scene and cinematography contribute to the relationship.
Make a logical coherence between shots.
Graphic match, two successive shots joined due to their strong similarity of compositional elements.
Rhythmic relations are based on the time duration of juxtaposition shots
Rhythm is more important than continuity
Based on movement beat or action pace
Camera does not follow 360 rule and…