Citizen Kane (1941)

Citizen Kane (1941)
  • Time: 119 min
  • Genre: Drama | Mystery
  • Director: Orson Welles
  • Cast: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead


After his death, the life of Charles Foster Kane – newspaper magnate and all-round larger-than-life American – is told from the perspective of those who knew him. A newspaper reporter is interviewing those in Kane’s life hoping to learn the meaning of Kane’s last word, Rosebud. Kane was sent to a boarding school at a young age after his mother struck it rich thanks to a mining claim that was signed over to her in lieu of rent. He came into his vast fortune at the age of 25 and promptly bought a newspaper. His idea of news was to make it as much as report it and along with his good friend, Jedediah Leland, had a rollicking good time. Unsuccessful in his bid for political office, his relationships with those around him begin to deteriorate and he dies, old and alone, whispering the word Rosebud.

One comment

  • This film is art! The combination of photography, metaphors, dialog, acting, and art bring together a great film. The movie emphasized power a lot. Power was emphasized when he trashed the room. And also the scene of the fireplace in his big mansion. The power that he had in the city, state, and the world was emphasized in that scene. The fact that he died saying the one word that meant so much to him, but meant nothing to the people around him (or who once thought they knew him) struck a sense of empowerment. The camera-work that was done in this film was very impressive. The dark shadows on the reporter, to have the audience know that even though the reporter was one of the main characters, he wasn’t as important as Mr. Kane. That went for all the characters in that film. The production really emphasized the power that each character held. It was not meant to get mixed up nor confused.

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