"The Greatest Movie of All Time?"
you watch it, the more you see where other movies have paid reverence
"An intriguing story, wonderful camera work and ground breaking
Superb extras on the DVD as well!!!
Citizen Kane - Special Edition
by Orson Welles
The most acclaimed film in cinema history, Citizen
Kane receives extra bolstering each time it tops a "greatest movies ever" list. As a piece of filmmaking it ticks all the right boxes: a
precociously talented director and lead actor in Orson Welles, Gregg
Toland's innovative cinematography, a strong screenplay by Welles and
Herman J Mankiewicz, rich scoring from Bernard Herrmann, and so on. For its time, it was technically groundbreaking,
and laid out a blueprint for Hollywood filmmaking that's still
influential. But, most importantly, as a viewing experience it's still one
of the most mesmerising and beautiful movies in existence. From its opening
scenes - Kane's eerie Gothic mansion, his lone figure muttering the word
"Rosebud" as he dies, journalists discussing the newsreel footage of his
obituary - Kane lays out an enigma: who exactly was this man? Looping
flashbacks build up a portrait of a contradictory figure who, despite
living in the public eye, remained a mystery at heart.
A testament to the corrupting influence of money, fame and the media
and at its centre the tale of a man in search of love, Citizen Kane
is a personal tragedy on an epic scale. Technically, it's a lesson in
filmmaking in itself whose daring aesthetics nonetheless remain
unobtrusive. It's doubtful that a debut director will ever be given such
free reign by a studio again and even if this happened, it's doubtful that
such a masterpiece would be created.
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