Comm130Kane - Citizen Kane In terms of cinematographic...

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Citizen Kane In terms of cinematographic effects, Citizen Kane by Orson Welles is considered by many to be the most important film ever made. This movie takes a retrospective look at the life of the main character, Charles Foster Kane. The film techniques used by Welles and his cinematographer, Gregg Toland, have been studied time and time again since they were so innovative. Toland used new and creative cinematographic techniques to help convey the truth about Kane’s life. By examining scenes and the techniques from Citizen Kane , we can see why the French filmmaker Francois Truffaut said that out of all films this is “probably the one that has started the largest filmmakers on their careers” (Kael 1971). Citizen Kane begins with the death of the very wealthy and famous media mogul Charles Foster Kane. The first scene in the movie shows the main character uttering the word “Rosebud” right before he drops a snow globe that shatters on the floor. Next, an obituary news story, “News on the March,” is shown that tells the events of his public life. After showing this story, the producer tells the other reporters that he is not happy since this only tells about Kane’s public life. This producer then tells the reporter, Jerry Thompson, to go and find more about Kane’s life, particular the meaning of his last word “Rosebud.” The next scenes show Thompson trying to find out more about Kane. He interviews Kane’s first wife and the banker that took care of him as a child. As he talks to the banker, Walter Parks Thatcher, there are several flashbacks that shows glimpses of Kane’s childhood. The next scenes show interviews with Kane’s more recent
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acquaintances including his best friend, business manager, and butler. Then, there are several more flashbacks that show Kane’s rise to power through news papers and “yellow
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This note was uploaded on 04/26/2008 for the course COMM 1300 taught by Professor Scherer,c. during the Spring '08 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).

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