Analysis Of Orson Welles And Herman J Mankiewicz

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At the 1942 Academy awards, Citizen Kane was booed off stage numerous times, despite being nominated in 7 categories and winning best original screenplay by Orson Welles and Herman J Mankiewicz. Greetings board of studies panel members, as a current year 12 student I urge you to reconsider eliminating Citizen Kane from next years module B curriculum. Although the film was not well received in the early 1940’s, it has become renowned as one of the greatest films of all time, with distinguished critics noting its cinematic innovations, allowing the film to have enduring power. Textual integrity enables Citizen Kane to continually meet values and create meaning, while still entertaining a modern audience through coherent form and language, for instance the construction of the film, diegetic and non-diegetic sound, and the social message of isolationism. Through comprehensively studying Citizen Kane my understanding of the film has been deepened and enables me to enjoy the film to a greater extent. As Citizen Kane is a film, it is more accessible to a contemporary year 12 audience than a novel or play. The audience is an active agent in completing Citizen Kane’s meaning through interpretation. Much of the film can be interpreted in a variety of ways depending on the life experience, values and beliefs a responder brings to the film. Citizen Kane serves the rubric well for the purposes of module B; it would be a tragedy to lose such a rich text.

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