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Out of The Past

I have to say I was looking forward to seeing this film with great expectations, sadly I was let down. The characters weren’t very compelling, the plot was somewhat interesting but midway through the film I had completely checked out and I had no idea what was going on by the end of picture. I had to keep asking a fellow classmate what was going on and how did the woman they were searching for in the beginning of the film become the antagonist, seriously. Perhaps a second viewing of the film would help me appreciate this classic noir-film to some degree or at the very least make the plot twists a little bit more understandable. Something I did notice throughout the film, in almost every single scene one of the characters’ had a cigarette in their mouth, unlike movies today where one hardly sees actors smoking on screen. I wonder if the tobacco companies were pushing for their product to be showcased in such a  cool and seductive way.

Thoughts on Citizen Kane

This being my first time viewing the film ‘Citizen Kane’ in it’s entirety, I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it. Aside from the superb work on the cinematography, this film had a great storyline. Even greater than the story of Charles Foster Kane, the protagonist or antagonist of the film as some would argue, was how the story was told. The use of the central character’s dying words “rosebud” was very ingenious on the part of director Orson Welles. By utilizing the word “rosebud” as a literary device or a “red herring”  throughout the film to help push the story further, was very clever on his part. This technique was effective in keeping the interest of the audience in this very long and melodramatic picture. As we find out at end of the film, “rosebud” was Mr. Kane’s most prized possession as a young child, something that was very dear to him and brought him great joy, but he lost and has been trying to replace ever since. In my opinion I believe that this object symbolizes a time in Mr. Kane’s life, when everything was much simpler and no amount of money in the world could have made him happier. As we saw all the riches in the world couldn’t make him happy no matter how hard he tried. Even as he attempted to make other people happy by giving them what he thought they wanted in order for them show him love as gratitude, his endeavors were fruitless. In the end he died as a lonely old man with no one at his bedside. A sad but very insightful and thought provoking film, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

 

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