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  • Orson Welles Citizen Kane

    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…

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  • Orson Welles And Kurosawa's Citizen Kane And The American Dream

    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…

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  • Orson Welles Auteur

    debate of whether a director can be called an auteur/have authorship is one with strong arguments on both sides. Orson Welles was an outsider to the studio system and directed only 13 full-length films throughout his career. Due to this, Welles often struggled for creative control over his films from the major studios, and his films were either heavily edited or remained unreleased. He has been praised as a major creative force and as ‘the ultimate auteur’. Welles and his editor, Robert Wise,…

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  • Citizen Kane Film Analysis

    Citizen Kane (1941), directed by Orson Welles, is a story about a detective who follows the past life of Charles Foster Kane to solve the mystery of why Kane’s dying word was rosebud. Orson Welles is a well-known actor, screenwriter, director, and producer of radio, theatre, and film. In Citizen Kane, Welles co-wrote, produced, directed and starred in the film, a rare feat (powerpoint slide 18). This shows Welles had a lot of control over the project. It was his vision that made the movie how…

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  • Tragic Techniques In Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane is perhaps known around the world (and especially in the United States) as one the greatest American films ever made, and created by one of America’s greatest film directors that ever lived, his bold style and unconventional techniques made him a maverick, a genius, and rebel in the entertainment industry, and like the character portrayed in the film, director Orson Welles also had his rise and fall to fame. The film begins among the desolate landscape and remains of Xanadu…

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  • Citizen Kane Mise En Scene Analysis

    Photography is the key element of mise en scene that determines how an audience will interpret the visual information in film. Orson Welles used the photography of his 1941 film Citizen Kane to emphasize aspects of the film he wanted viewers to focus on, and to remove non-essential information from the frame. This was accomplished through various camera tequniques including manipulation of angles and proxemity. Approaching the end of the film there is a scene just after Susan (played by Dorothy…

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  • The Ambiguity Of Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane, the 1941 film directed by Orson Welles, is the fictional semi-biographical examination of newspaper mogul Charles Foster Kane’s life. After a screening of a “News on the March” newsreel encapsulating Kane’s life, the producer, Mr. Rawlston, proclaims that “It isn’t enough to tell [the viewer] what a man did, you’ve got to tell [them] who he was” (qtd. in Bordwell, Thompson, 102). Mr. Rawlston sends news reporter Jerry Thompson in search of the meaning of Kane’s last word before his…

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  • Citizen Kane Essay

    Citizen Kane was a film that set the curve for future productions to reach. The infamous Hollywood style is clearly shown in Orson Welles’ masterpiece by executing numerous conventions of film exceptionally well and using new methods of cinematography such as deep focus. The storyline of Citizen Kane revolves around flashbacks of Charles and his rise to wealth. Along the way, he encounters love interests and companions, while eventually dying alone in the biggest man-made castle since the…

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  • Essay On Citizen Kane

    Citizen Kane is an American drama film made in 1941 that was written, produced, and starred by Orson Welles. He was one of the first people to challenge normal elements/ethics in the Hollywood industry. Orson Welles elements included storytelling techniques, and special effects that made his movie different from others. In fact he was the first person to ever show people a movie (Citizen Kane) that showed the ending at the beginning of the movie. The whole movie is a flashback and is telling a…

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  • The Third Man Film Analysis

    The role of the mysterious Harry Lime in The Third Man is played Orson Welles (1915 - 1985), a character that doesn’t appear in the film until nearly the end of the movie, but his sudden appearance and presence makes for a climatic final. Much as been said about Welles involvement in the making of the film, citing on the fact that he was well-known as a director, producer, writer, and actor in his own right. And the fact that he won an Academy Award eight years before for writing and Original…

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