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All’s Welles That Ends Welles

     Perhaps intimidated by its colossal reputation, or the sheer lack of adoring words for this miraculous representation of film; Citizen Kane is the type of movie that film critics avoid. Frame by frame, the elements of Kane create a stunning and admirable production of exquisite acting, fastidious editing, and genius direction.     The film centers around a group of newspaper reporters sent to discover the meaning of journalism-tycoon Charles Foster Kane’s last words, “Rosebud”. A single word sends a world of eager interviewers into a frenzy of detection, playing the people-to-people encounters out non-chronologically through a series of flashbacks.     Within the film’s aesthetic, many themes are revealed through the use of special effects, costuming, and well-played montages. The two most prominent themes displayed in Citizen Kane are first, the public’s view of Kane as his image rather than himself, and second, the concept of materialism vs. true love. The filmmakers did an excellent job of showing us just that, along with a steaming side of entertainment.     Orson Welles is a badass. Not only did he almost single handedly execute the most astonishing film of all time, but he did it when he was just 25 years old. His nonchalant attitude and strong sense of perseverance made for the best movie RKO could have ever created. He is now revered as one of the best directors in the history of film, and is constantly praised for his cutting edge innovation.     Going into this movie with a complete lack of knowledge for either Orson Welles or William Randolph Hearst, gave me the ability to have a completely unbiased approach to Citizen Kane. Upon finishing the film, I sat, soaking in the effect of the film, and the multiple emotions I had experienced over the course of the movie. There was so much to take into account, however, one element of Citizen Kane stayed with me days past the viewing, and that was simply the indescribable portrayal of Charles Foster Kane. Orson Welles flawlessly took me from a pleasant and seemingly familiar place, portrayed in the beginning of the film, to a much darker and uncomfortable place, demonstrated towards the end of the film. From one scene to the next, I remained constantly at wonder for what would next be revealed, and it was with exceptional execution that Welles was able to take the audience form bliss to depression, keeping them completely unaware of this emotional rollercoaster. His acting was nothing short of superb, and along with his brilliant directing, I now have a new favorite movie.

1 thought on “All’s Welles That Ends Welles”

  1. Yes, most certainly a superb movie. Did you find “rose bud” a metaphor
    for anything? It gratifies me to see someone find anew these classics and
    to watch them revel in such enthusiasm, reminding one of their own so long
    ago. You know that Hearst had quite a collection of Navajo blankets? I can
    tell you a tale of them if you’re interested.

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