“Citizen Kane Lecture 1”

Rko radio pictures is the same studio that produced

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RKO Radio Pictures is the same studio that produced King Kong, superb special effects department...almost every shot of Kane involves some sort of special effect 1 st shot is a black screen followed by a very slow fade in that plays on our expectations, the sign indicates that both the viewer and the camera should stay out Prohibited space, however, arouses our interest, we want to know the secret...the camera immediately begins to trespass The Xanadu introduction reveals a place that is excessive, yet unfinished...in the beginning it appears as a sort of sinister, gothic castle After several shots of the fence-work, we see the big K sign and the haunted castle on the hill, with one light illuminating the interior Images of animals, gondolas in a lake, a golf course, that all appear to have no consistency...yet the light remains constant The camera is like a moth attracted to the light The final exterior shot results in an abrupt turning off of the light, and we fade instantaneously into the interior, we have crossed the threshold, we are inside Image of snow reveals a little cabin, all inside a snow globe The man has died, we have seen his final moments The first introduction is very objective, the second is more objective Xanadu is a symbol for Kane himself, incomplete and sitting alone, isolated from the world Interesting point about newsreel: we have been watching it with the reporters The newsroom is very dimly lit, very dark...yet the screen opposes this darkness The screen is a metaphor for what will happen in this movie, they are going to be projecting their own interpretation of Kane
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