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  1. SYNTHESIS Citizen Kane: “a discourse on method”

  2. Charles Foster Kane New York Inquirer Multi-millionaire newspaper publisher Aspiring political figure – runs for NY Governor Palatial Florida mansion called Xanadu filled with priceless art objects Affair with Susan Alexander, a talentless singer Buys Susan an opera house William Randolf Hearst San Francisco Examiner, New York Journal Multi-millionaire newspaper publisher Aspiring political figure, NY Governor “The Ranch” palace in CA with priceless art collection Mistress – actress Marion Davies Bought Davies a film studio to promote stardom Kane and Hearst

  3. Photography • Lighting • High key • Kane’s youth and as a young publisher • Becomes darker, more harshly contrasting as Kane ages and grows more cynical • Spotlights • Used in closer shots for symbolic effects • Deep-focus photography • Symbolism of separation, alienation, and loneliness

  4. Photography cont. • 80% of movie required some kind of special effects work • Scratched lines on film to make footage seem old • Matte shots • Double and multiple exposures • Reprinting

  5. Mis en Scene • Most of the images are tightly framed and in closed forms • Proxemic patterns • Layering of mis en scene is a visual accusation

  6. Movement • Kinetic principles • Camera movement is equated with the vitality and energy of youth • High spirits • Brisk traveling shots parallel the protagonist’s movements • Static camera • Illness, old age, death

  7. Editing • Parallel editing • Classical editing • Thematic montage

  8. Sound • Sounds used to evoke images • Almost every visual technique has a sound equivalent • Sounds can be dissolved and overlapped • Musical motifs • Rosebud • Leitmotif

  9. Drama • The live theater was Welles’ first love. • Costumes • Kane as young publisher • Favors white • Later in life • Black business suits and ties

  10. Story • Rosebud motif • Prologue • Xanadu, Kane’s death • Newsreel • Premise • Flashback • Flashback • Bernstein • Jed Leland • Susan Alexander • Raymond, butler at Xanadu • Coda • Revelation of Rosebud

  11. Writing • At this time a director was not allowed any writing credits unless he contributed 50% or more of the screenplay. • Last line on credit as an actor • Welles attracted to classic tragedy • Welles considered himself a moralist • 5 different storytellers • Thatcher Susan • Bernstein Raymond • Leland

  12. Writing cont. • Symbolic motifs • Low camera angles • Fences • Rosebud and Fragmentation • 1st movie to have a dramatic story effect

  13. Ideology • Welles was a liberal • Citizen Kane is classified as liberal • Film is filled with the messy contradictions of life • Kane believes that environment is a stronger force than heredity • Jed Leland represents the moral conscience of the film, Kane’s idealistic alter ego

  14. Ideology cont. • As a young man • Kane displays nothing but contempt for tradition, the past, and authority figures • As an older man • No longer consults his colleagues • Feminist in sympathies • Mary Kane • Emily Norton Kane • Susan Alexander Kane

  15. Critique • Masterpiece of formalism • Promotional poster • Sparked by controversy • William Randolf Hearst • Received rave reviews • 9 Academy Award nominations • Won for screenplay • Consistently is in the top 10 greatest films