Citizen Kane is considered by many to be one of the greatest films of all time. It is one that I’ve been meaning to see forever. I knew I would watch it during this challenge and that it would be prominent in its selection. There’s no question that Citizen Kane is a Must See film.
Orson Welles Citizen Kane lived up to the hype!
Kane (Orson Welles) dies at the beginning of the film uttering the word “Rosebud” as he collapses to the floor. A quick recap of his life is shown via a news reel and a room of journalists discuss the lack of an angle. It is decided that uncovering the meaning of Kane’s last word should be the focus of his story. A report sets out on a mission to uncover the truth of rosebud.
I really loved the storytelling method that Orson Welles and Herman J. Mankiewicz used in Citizen Kane. Fragments of the story are revealed by one character. Then another character who was more directly involved reveals more or their side of the story. The big picture that is revealed about Kane and his public perception is very compelling. The man Kane was and who he becomes is a journey that all film loves should take.
The film itself as an art piece is magnificent. Few films have accomplished so much in the way of cinematography, sound, and production. Then to understand that this is Orson Welles first film and he creates this masterpiece speaks volumes. The montage of breakfast with his first wife and then the puzzle montage with his second wife demonstrates this expertly. It’s a simply shot that is repeated to show the passing of time. In both it shows the degradation of the marriage.
I’m really happy that I enjoyed this film. I knew I would appreciate the artistry of it, but I thoroughly enjoyed the story. Orson Welles is amazing on screen and his charisma pours off. It is definitely a film I’ll revisit and cherish at it’s wonder.