Techniques in "Citizen Kane" Film Review by Kiran23

Techniques in "Citizen Kane"
An analysis of how camera techniques contributed to the success of the film, "Citizen Kane", directed by Orson Wells.
# 153633 | 1,157 words | 0 sources | 2013 | US
Published on Jul 30, 2013 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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The paper analyzes how the "Citizen Kane" movie's effective use of camera techniques, including montage and mise-en-scene, are done to support and advance the storyline. The paper focuses on the Rosebud scene and Desert Island scene and describes how the long shots, the continuous movement of camera without cuts, the seamless integration of various long shots, the montage, the mise-en-scene and dialectic mise-en-scene have all been effectively utilized to support, enhance and advance the storyline. The paper also shows how music, sound effects and silence have all been incorporated to maximize the effect of the scenes and the potential impact of them on the viewers.

From the Paper:

"The use of long shots, which sought to keep cutting to a minimum, was a technique more in tune with conventional use of camera and sough to enhance the use of mise-en-scene. While the film uses long shorts, the distinction between segments is sharp and cannot be overlooked. Several segments can be instantly recalled by viewers hence showing how long shorts can sometimes be used to create distinct segments more unique and outstanding. Cinematographer Gregg Toland enhanced mise-en-scene by using sharply photographer that aimed at bringing objects from background and foreground in one frame.
"The technique of combining segments in a seamless story has been done very well and the various segments have an important role to play in telling the story about the central character. This use of montage is done very aptly thus enhancing the story while giving the movie a seamless feel. We can explain the use of various techniques and how they helped advance the story by focusing on certain segments. The two important ones would be Rosebud scene and Desert Island scene."

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