Monday, April 7, 2008
Genre - Drama, Mystery
Cast - Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten
Whats It About - Following the death of a publishing tycoon, news reporters scramble to discover the meaning of his final utterance.
Why To Watch It - CITIZEN KANE is Orson Welles's greatest achievement--and a landmark of cinema history. The film's protagonist, Charles Foster Kane, was based on a composite of Howard Hughes and William Randolph Hearst--so much so that Hearst tried to have the film suppressed. Every aspect of the production marked an advance in film language: the deep focus and deeply shadowed cinematography ; the discontinuous narrative, relying heavily on flashbacks and newsreel footage ; the innovative use of sound and score ; and the ensemble acting forged in the fires of Welles's Mercury Theatre . Every moment of the film, every shot, has been choreographed to perfection. The film is essential viewing, quite possibly the greatest film ever made and, along with THE BIRTH OF A NATION, certainly the most influential.
This movie is among the top favorites of each and everyone who has an inclination towards cinema, whether its people who make them (Directors, Writers, Actors, Animators and so on) or whether its the general audience like you.
One of the finest films made in the history of Hollywood and film making.
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