Citizen Kane, written, produced, directed and played by Orson Welles, follows the rise and fall of a publishing tycoon. The story is told through the research of a newsreel reporter seeking to solve the mystery of the newspaper magnate’s final dying word: “Rosebud”.
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My generation isn't as viscerally attached to Kane as ones before us, as if visiting it is at best a dutiful/uncool concession to history. So do yourself a favor: see it in a theater with a full audience, and find that it's still vital and (yes) entertaining in its beauty and drama. And grant that while an absurd "greatest film ever" rep can't be true of anything, the breadth and richness make it a plausible pick.
"I think it might be fun to run a country," thought one enterprising young brat when he saw this movie, and thanks, in part, to the absence of a Rosebud around his neck (or a soul to ballast his ego), and thanks, too, among many other things, to a culture that in the 76 years since the film's release has only grown more besotted with its machinery of celebrity, this Friday he'll have his chance, his dream, his toy.
I love returning to the tale of Charles Foster Kane and apply another lens of critique to it. Currently, I am most interested in cultural context, particularly, allusions to William Randolph Hearst and the campaign to discredit Orson Welles for making this film. This film's exhibition then gains a 'freedom of expression' variable as conditioning and counter-conditioning played its role from various quarters.
Oh, it's a good film, but it's no 'Seven Samurai'. I think it's a shame that it's so highly regarded, because that means people will force themselves to watch it. If it wasn't so highly rated, then people could come to it more naturally and it would be a nice surprise.
while watching this last night i thought "well, it´s ok, but i don´t see why people love it so much". one day after, when i let my thoughts rest and collect over the night, i understand why. i so do. .
Difficult for first-time viewers to judge its merits through a lens of huge expectation, but multiple viewings do diminish that fog. Put simply: a brilliant script, beautifully shot with some fantastic acting. Packs some surprising emotional (and funny) punches too, plus its ambiguous characters and incredible staging make it still fresh and relevant today. A film for fans of Film, perhaps the greatest of the Greats.
I don't care about the technical innovations or the overwhelming reputation it has required over the years...Citizen Kane is just flat-out brilliant storytelling. I may not rank it as highly as others in a personal favorites list, but it is unquestionably among the finest films ever made.