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avatar WillowDear
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Orson Welles's 1941 classic Citizen Kane is one of the most famous and influencial movies of all time, being widely regarded by many as the best and or most important movie to ever be released. However, Citizen Kane was, by most people, seen as an impressive accomplishment then than it is nowadays; most people don't know the revolutionary filming techniques that it brought to the big picture, because most of them are so common in cinemas these days, it could be hard for many people to see it as what people saw it when it was first released to theaters: something big, something that would change the industry forever.   
  When Citizen Kane was first released, it brought a totally new perspective to the world of filming, introducing and enhancing new and old strategies of filming that were first introduced to the theaters by Orson Welles (director of Citizen Kane) and Gregg Toland (cinematographer of Citizen Kane). These included camera tricks such as the ability to keep the entire picture shown in full focus, as well as many others.  
  It's really interesting to do some looking into the history of this film, as it tells you a lot about how much Citizen Kane did for major motion pictures and how much the industry of film-making has changed since then. I'd recommend watching this film then checking out some videos on YouTube, or reading some articles about the making of this film; it's intriguing, and it helped me gain a whole new appreciation of this film as a whole.
  The plot and the way it was told was also fairly unconventional at the time; it's a story told from multiple people's perspectives of Charles Foster Kane, the central character, and these stories both supplement and contradict each other, making for a less linear narrative than most conventional films as well as a story that takes many twists and turns, providing fresh looks into the life of Kane every so often.
  As for what I thought of the movie myself, I thought it was a very well made film, especially considering the time period it was released in. I really am interesting in the history of films as well as learning how films changed each other, and doing a bit of research into this film helped me appreciate it even more. The story was focused on the character of Charles Kane, and that's ultimately what's at this film's center: a character study of a man who slowly becomes corrupted, and how people and the world around him were affected by his presence, and how he was affected by theirs. I can see why so many people hold this movie in high regards, and I'm one of them. Check this out, even if it's only for the sake of saying you've seen one of the most important films of all time, and while you're at it, do a bit of research, trust me, it's worth it.

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  • Voidox
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  • Artisan Droid
  • April 23, 2019, 2:40 pm
Film studies students: Oh boy here we go again

But this is a pretty cool review honestly
  • CHorse
  • Level 36
  • Artisan Fish
  • April 22, 2019, 1:35 pm
Huh; you do mention that there are several other strategies that they used, and I was wondering if you could name a few more? I know it might've made a word wall if you had gone toooo much in depth but I would've appreciated it.

(and also you did good; but I would also recommend trying to include a few pictures to separate text)
  • WillowDear
  • Level 22
  • Expert Princess
  • April 22, 2019, 2:18 pm
Thank you, I'll keep that in mind! As for your question about techniques, to name a few are the Deep Focus technique, which is the one I described, what is know considered noir style lighting accomponied by the movie's serious and almost mysterious storytelling tones is thought to have helped inspired the genre of noir film as we know it, shot transitions, even the way the story is told as a biopic of Kane's life; no film had used flashbacks in such great effect prior to the film's release. Here's just one of many articles if you're curious to know more! www.sparknotes.com/film/citizenkane/section2/
  • CHorse
  • Level 36
  • Artisan Fish
  • April 22, 2019, 3:11 pm
You're welcome! and also thanks ! :D

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