Citizen Kane

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When I first saw this clip of Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941) my first instinct was that it was comic relief. The extremely frustrated director, Jedediah trying so hard not to fall asleep and of course Bernstein reclining back in his seat more interested in playing with the playbill then watching Susan on stage. While this scene may be rather humorous a lot about both Susan and Kane is revealed through emotions and actions of the two. As the clip progresses it begins to become less and less humorous and then more and more painful. The singing soon becomes irritating and us the viewer becomes as sick of it as the patrons do. Then when it’s all over and we see the expression on Kane’s face, and hear Susan’s heavy breathing that we finally…show more content…
Susan’s mistakes are the result of Kane pushing her too hard, thus they represent the little bits of her Kane is trying to correct. Susan’s mistakes are peeks into the way she has been treated, we realize how hard she is being pushed and how the poor girl stressed is. We as the viewer are brought into this scene. Up until this point Kane tried to ignore his wife’s flaws and her overbearing nature, trying to remember the women whom he first met while walking on the street that one evening. It is then we hear the criticism “Practically Dreadful” from some off screen women. Kane is distracted by this comment, realizing that this has been a failure. He then turns looking to find the source of the comment then quickly looks back to the show determined that she is perfection, ignoring her flaws. If Kane’s perfect vision of his wife was seeing her preform on stage then her mistakes were like his failures. By ignoring these mistakes and holding Susan to so high of standards only hurts her more leading up to her suicide attempt in the next scene. As a man longing for love Kane is disappointed that no one sees Susan the way he sees her. He wants her to be seen as the perfect wife, to be seen as the women he wants her to be. We then turn back to the stage, the opera is coming to a close, and Susan is taking her bows. Soon the crowed begins

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