“One day, back in 1896, I was crossing over to Jersey on the ferry, and as we pulled out, there was another ferry pulling in, and on it there was a girl waiting to get off. A white dress she had on. She was carrying a white parasol. I only saw her for one second. She didn’t see me at all, but I’ll bet a month hasn’t gone by since that I haven’t thought of that girl.” (Citizen Kane)
Cinema of regret , lost opportunities, the unattainable and, yes, the eternal elusive female.
Citizen Kane is among other things an “unattainable woman” film, from rosebud (much desired part of female anatomy) to lost childhood happiness, regrets, loneliness, what might have been, failed marriages etc
She was the most beautiful girl i had seen. It was summer, the laburnum tree was in bright yellow bloom. Beneath its branches i was smitten, how could my fumbling heart express my instant undying love? I was not well versed in the romantic arts. I dropped a coin for her to pick up and keep. Decades ago now, we were eleven. Two hours we were together. It was the first and last time i saw her. (Kenji)
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