"Citizen Kane": A Cinematic Masterpiece Film Review by Master Researcher

"Citizen Kane": A Cinematic Masterpiece
A review of the cinematic techniques in the famous film "Citizen Kane" by Orson Welles.
# 36096 | 900 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Sep 22, 2003 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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The paper describes the conventional method of presenting a scene in a film and examines the techniques used in "Citizen Kane". The paper notes that foreign directors had used most of these techniques before, but their creative combination in "Citizen Kane" was unprecedented in a Hollywood film. The paper highlights the original stylistic features that include the different angle shots, the symbolism of presentation and the visual introspection.


From the Paper:

"To understand the complexity and innovation of Citizen Kane it is necessary to understand the conventional method of presenting a scene in a film (particularly a Hollywood film) in the 1930's, the decade before Citizen Kane. A standard presentation first shows an overall view of the setting and then separates closer views of whatever is important in the scene. Each character is fully lighted, and anything significant happens close to the camera rather than in the background. For example, a standard presentation of a conversation between two people in a room would first show the room with the two people in it, then would cut to a closer view of one person speaking, then to the other person listening or answering.
"In Citizen Kane, however, Welles frequently shows such a scene in one long unbroken shot with the camera showing both the characters and their surroundings for the entire scene rather than dividing it into separate segments."

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