Expressing an Intense Feeling in the Film "Citizen Kane"
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This paper gives an in-depth analysis of the 1941 film, "Citizen Kane," specifically looking at the "Everglades Picnic" scene of the movie. Various aspects of the film are used as a basis for the analysis, such as mise-en-scene, cinematography , editing and sound. demonstrating that the film is a characteristic and skilled early example of the dramatic genre. The paper describes the "Everglades Picnic" scene as a contrast between the characters' lives and their distance from the outside world, a theme which feeds into the overall sense of loneliness and isolation found throughout the film. The paper concludes by stating that Kane, the protagonist, was far separated from his desires, i.e. to be an honest and simple man, clinging to his childhood memories.
From the Paper:"The moving cinematography in the scene expresses to the viewer Kane's destructive inability to share with those around him his desires, hopes and wishes to return to a simpler existence. He wants to express the desire to picnic, like anyone else would, yet is again trapped in a lavish setting characterized by his extreme and resented wealth and loneliness. (Cohan & Shires, 1988, p. 83) Like the remainder of the work, as his attempt at the newspaper business is frequently corrupted by his wealth, despite good intentions. The scene "Everglades Picnic" begins when Kane walks into a large room in the cold unfinished mansion, known as Xanadu, where Susan sits day after day in front of a huge palace fireplace putting together hundreds of jigsaw puzzles."
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