I was re-reading my list and I was able to realize that Citizen Kane and my list of "what makes a classical movie to me" had a lot of things in common. The characteristics that strike the most for me was that in my classical movie it needed to have an "odd introduction", this "odd"introduction happened in Citizen Kane in the moment that in the beginning the characters dies saying the word "Rosebud"that makes the viewer wonder, and realize that the definition of this word is going to be find out through the movie. The second characteristic that was very strong in my list was, the multiple sides of the character. However the aspect that i was not able to see through the movie Citizen Kane was a specific theme for example: horror movie. I enjoyed watching Citizen Kane a lot, it is a very good movie.
Orson Welles Citizen Kane can be compared to a classical movie with the different film elements that were used. One very famous classical film element is called film noir which is French for black film. Film noir is a style and approach to the production of the classic black and white movies mainly for crime movies. Citizen Kane shows many great example of film noir by using different film elements of film noir to create emotion to the audience. Another example is the Dutch angle shot, also known as the oblique angle shot is one key element of film noir it is mainly used to give a sense of tension to whoever is watching. In citizen Kane we see an Dutch angle shot when Kane is giving a speech when running for governor. The camera set is tilted to the side to create drama and tension so that the audience can not only watch but also feel the emotion coming from the speech. Overall my list of classical movies and Citizen Kane shared major factors of comparison which makes Citizen Kane qualify to be a classic for the audience even today to enjoy.
Orson Welles Citizen Kane can be compared to a classical movie with the different film elements that were used. One very famous classical film element is called film noir which is French for black film. Film noir is a style and approach to the production of the classic black and white movies mainly for crime movies. Citizen Kane shows many great example of film noir by using different film elements of film noir to create emotion to the audience. Another example is the Dutch angle shot, also known as the oblique angle shot is one key element of film noir it is mainly used to give a sense of tension to whoever is watching. In citizen Kane we see an Dutch angle shot when Kane is giving a speech when running for governor. The camera set is tilted to the side to create drama and tension so that the audience can not only watch but also feel the emotion coming from the speech. One factor I could not detect from Citizen Kane that was on my list was the genre of the movie. I could not see if Citizen Kane was a mystery or a horror film since throughout watching it seemed to have a little bit of both(His mansion in the beginning of the film). Overall my list of classical movies and Citizen Kane shared major factors of comparison which makes Citizen Kane qualify to be a classic for the audience even today to enjoy.
My original list of what made a good movie was:
• Special Effects
• Emotional Impact
After watching the movie “Citizen Kane” I decided to see how well it fits with my original list. 1st and foremost from everything we learned about how the movie was made (with such a low budget) and how well Orson Welles put everything together, it can definitely be said that there was a lot of passion in this movie. Orson Welles even acted the main role himself, something you don’t often see directors do. Secondly the acting was quite good. I had originally expected the actors to be poor since the main actor was the director and the movie was on a low budget. However, the movie was very gripping and much of that is due in part to the good acting, especially by Orson Welles to portray the different emotion of Charles Foster Kane throughout his aging process. To be able to play a character at all his age levels and do it well is quite remarkable. There was also a good deal of comedy in the movie even though it seemed very serious at times. There was a good balance between the two that didn’t make the audience feel like they were at a funeral or just a comedy show, it was very back and forth. Part of the seriousness nature of the movie was due in part to the suspense that was created at pivotal moments where the audience did not know what would happen next. This was when flashbacks occurred where each character would leave us at a different hook picked up by the next character to have a flashback. Each time this happened another piece of Kane’s life was revealed. Being an old movie, there were not that many amazing special effects, but the scenery, was very well made even though it was just drawings it often made it seem as if it was real. There were also a lot of surprise events such as Mr. Kane’s first wife finding out about his affair and costing him his election even though we as an audience were certain he was going to win. This and other things stirred up a lot of emotional impact as we sympathized with Kane as everything seemed to go wrong for him. Later when Susan Alexander leaves his house we feel very sad and lost for words as Welles’s good acting along with the solid plot line helped to create that emotional impact and connection. Lastly and probably one of the major factors that distinguished this movie was the cinematography. The amazing use of camera angles, close ups, and random tricks really made the movie not seem so stagnate and give it more life. At the beginning where we are on the outside of Kane’s bedroom and suddenly the light goes off and when it turns back on we are on the inside of his room. This excellent transition was so smooth we don’t even realize it happened until we take note of the setting change. Overall this movie really fits with the characteristics I presented earlier that should make a good movie truly showing why it is hailed as one of the best movies ever made.
My original ideas consisted of:
A "Wow" factor
The Crying Factor
*This list was explained in a previous blog post
Citizen Kane has been regarded as one of the best films of all time and embodied many of the elements on my list. The "wow" factor of the movie could be argued as being present in many different areas of the film, however, I would chose to place this aspect near the end and very beginning where we see the absolute extravagance and wealth that Charles Foster Kane has acquired and has been living with. This amount of stuff and possession displayed in the movie sometimes shocks us and surprises us that all of it was owned by one man. Citizen Kane also contained effective visuals that improved the interest of the movie. At many points we see interesting shots of newspapers or of the city in which Kane lives in. Also, the way in which Kane was filmed from a very, very low angle in some scenes at the newspaper company, allows for an interesting and unique visual image of him as a dominating figure which maintains the viewer's attention. Character development was also another aspect that was very well covered in the movie. The movie follows Kane's life from a little boy until death. We see his rise to power, his love life, and his actions in the public spotlight. The development of his character over the whole movie gives the character lots of depth. Also, Kane's struggle to become successful and failed love life are human events that many viewers can relate to. Viewers can also relate to Kane's poor childhood beginnings and his success story that the movie narrates. The acting was very, very good in Citizen Kane. Especially Orson Welles, and his ability to show the different emotions and stages of the character's life through his acting. Without Orson Welles's acting I do not believe the movie would have done so well. Script was another aspect that was very well developed in the movie. The storyline isn't exactly chronological and yet it still is able to follow the life and loss of one man through a long period of time. The script gives us important insight into the character's minds and also keeps the viewer's interest. There was never a point where I felt the story wasn't going anywhere which is a good sign for a well made script. Theme was an additional element that was developed and we can view the idea that power corrupts people over time through this film. Citizen Kane also did a good job of making a point across to the audience about the destructive nature of power. Setting was used well and was varied in order to maintain a viewer's interest in the film. In the beginning we see shots of Kane's childhood life. The setting then switches to Kane's professional newspaper life and eventually to his life as a huge public figure. At the end of the film, the setting mainly takes place at his extravagant personal residence. The variety of the setting tells a story within itself and we can see the changes in the character reflecting in the setting. The last aspect present in the film was special effects. Many special effects that were innovative for the time were included. One of the most famous is the speech that Kane gives for hundreds of people. The people and set are actually a drawing but light is shone through small holes to convey movement. The effect looks very realistic. Also, the shots of the city were sometimes done using drawings and even today it is hard to tell the difference. The special effects are still considered realistic by today's standards which is a huge accomplishment. The only thing I included on my original list for the characteristics of a great movie was "The crying factor". I thought that a great movie should make you cry. Citizen Kane did not make me cry yet it made me feel very emotional at the end of the film when he dies. Citizen Kane includes an overwhelming amount of the characteristics that I included on my list. Overall, I think it is justifiable to call Citizen Kane one of the best movies of the twentieth century.
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