There is hardly a shot in Orson Welles’ towering achivement that doesn’t employ some sort of ingenious trick involving the camera, editing, sound, staging or production design. Kane didn’t invent all of its techniques, but it’s one of the few pictures I can think of that uses almost every one in the movie playbook. The film is like a dictionary of the cinematic language.
Citizen Kane...has the best of everything: a great director and star, innovative cinematography, dreamlike - even nightmarish - art direction, a sonorous musical score, a skillful screenplay in which comic passages intensify the movie's tragic qualities by means of their grotesque juxtaposition (how lifelike!), a psychological / narrative form that predates our contemporary "psycho-histories" by at least 40 years, and best of all, a memorial word that, when spoken, recalls the film out of thin air.
Citizen Kane, the greatest movie ever made. Why is that though. Most people hate citizen Kane as it is often given this title and seems boring to most people. The reason this movie is considered the best was because of its ideas influence and writing. That’s the thing with people now day. They don’t appreciate these great classics.
I still stare at it, amazed and entertained, but dwarfed by the very idea of attempting to untangle the crow’s nest that has formed through the film’s ever-expanding histories. And what continuously stupefies me is that time works no miracles on this particular film: Scenes remain familiar, but the narrative seems to shift every time I return to it.
For the time, this movie may have been gold. That is a fact that no one can dispute. However, it absolutely does not hold up today. Citizen Kane is a dull, boring and unsatisfying film that while yes, for the time its technical achievements were a marvel to see, did not live up to the hype for me. To me, this is not one of the top 100 films of all time anymore.
A truly awful film to watch, with little direction or meaning given to the plot itself. You'll find yourself looking for the film technique and realize you've been duped into viewing a person coming to terms with film as art. Typical acting, and an ending that makes you livid that you even tuned in. While I admire the modernism of the technique Welles used, this is by no means the way I remember Welles. It seems far more important and significant to remember Welles as a modern artist who believed firmly that racism was a disease that required eradication.