vrijdag 11 november 2016
100 Movie Challenge 2016 - # 148: Citizen Kane
Runtime: 115 minutes
Starring: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton, Agnes Moorehead, Everett Sloane, Paul Stewart, Dorothy Comingore, Ruth Warwick, Ray Collins, Erskine Sanford, William Alland, Paul Stewart, George Coulouris, Fortunio Bonanova, Gus Schilling, Philip van Zandt, Georgia Backus, Harry Shannon
Description: Following the death of a publishing tycoon (Orson Welles), news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance.
Review: “Citizen Kane” tells the story of the American dream and its shadow sides. Charles Foster Kane, played by director Orson Welles himself, starts out as a paper boy and grows to be a rich owner of the most read paper. He eventually breaks down because of greed, envy and loneliness.
The film starts with Kane’s death and follows with the search for the true Kane, by a journalist. The man behind the myth. And especially what his last word, ‘rosenud’, means. With flashbacks, we get fragments of the dictorial yet brillian tycoon.
Director Welles experimented with sound and visuals. Voice-overs that tell something different than we see or letting the past flow into the present. He used deep-focus and extreme low camera stand points. The compositions of the images are extremely well done.
At the time “Citizen Kane” came out, it got nine Academy Award nominations, but only won one. The movie was later rediscovered and is now one the most famous films ever made.
Rating: 4/ 5