7 months ago
Radio's Most Dynamic Artist . . The Man At Whose Voice A Nation Trembled . . . Now the screen's most exciting NEW star ! ORSON WELLES in the picture Hollywood said he'd never make
Being the film that put Orson Welles’ name and genius on the map and in the minds and lips of millions across the globe, Citizen Kane (1941) is one of the shining moments of 1940s cinema, and Old Hollywood cinema as a whole, though it wasn’t immediately praised as such. Ok. I get it. Most people won’t agree with the proposition and may be let down (especially those of this generation) when first seeing the movie, and might have them shouting “Rosebud” at its end, but it’s still a film that is worth seeing and at least some form of recognition. It is downright one of, if not the most brilliant movie ever put to screen. Upon its release, it’s safe to say that the film made a tremendous impact on the film industry in almost every way, shape, and form imaginable. But, it was also a controversial and daring film for the time. No one ever thought a man like Orson Welles would ever think of making a film like this. Not even Hollywood, which was then so used to making straightforward narratives in films with clearly identified and, in many cases, identifiable heroes and villains. Welles gives it to you in a real way. He shows you that Man is rife with confusions, internal conflicts and contradictions, and moments of uncertainty in life. The movie is quite dark, being about an iconic figure’s ultimate death, and the pathway to becoming an obsolete figure in the public eye. With that in mind, Welles’ (who was given absolute freedom and control over this film, a financial risk for RKO Studios at the time) magnificent storytelling, directing, writing, amazing casting, acting and manipulation of lighting of certain camera shots and scenes allows the audience to become fully immersed in this dark world. As one can tell, this film’s boldness cannot at all be overemphasized. Yes. It may have its moments of pointless dialog that don’t seem to lead to anything, but this is but an enormously minor criticism for one to make. This film isn’t just “okay,” as many would argue (and it’s an utter shame that the film suffers these incidents). It’s one of the most brilliant films ever made, in my (and many others) opinion. Lastly, if I forgot to mention, Citizen Kane is a glorious example of outstanding cinematography. Probably the most glorious example of them all. Welles did so much things visually that no filmmaker had done previously. It’s for good and deserved reason that Citizen Kane has been hailed as the “Mona Lisa of all films.” The film influenced many a filmmaker in some way. Its striking majesty from beginning to end cannot be denied, in my opinion. This technically brilliant and cinematically and historically groundbreaking Orson Welles classic film is much more than worth your time and attention. You just HAVE to see it to believe its hype and acclaim. Trust me. You won’t be disappointed.
7 months ago
Great story as we see a man for the people take an inevitable turn as the obsession for power overthrows him and eventually leaves him lonely at his deathbed
A truly fantastic movie and a timeless classic far ahead of its time. The cinematography was un matchable, and the black and white told the story perfectly as each of the shadows dictated the atmosphere of each scene.
Orson Welles did a stellar job in both the lead role and directing the movie playing the powerful character of Charlie Foster Kane who is unable to fill a void of love in his heart despite all of his unending wealth and fortune.
Very thought provoking to do with the theme of power and control whilst also being incredibly entertaining.
One of the greats! 9/10