Citizen Kane vs. the Bicycle Thief

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Categorize into classical and modern groups, film have been analyzed for their themes and motifs. As a master of techniques, Citizen Kane falls into the classical category and demonstrating the Italian Neorealism, The Bicycle Thief fits the modern class. Both films use photography, mise en scene, editing, movement, and story similarly and differently to emphasize their personal themes. In both films, photography played a huge role to depict a theme. The use of camera angles, specific shots, and lighting in Citizen Kane, help support the idea of supremacy. In the political campaign scene, there is a long shot establishing Kane’s surroundings, which is overpowered by a monstrous poster of his face. This settles an undivided attention…show more content…
Also adding to the realistic look, De Sica shot the film in Rome, with its architecture highly visible in the Ambrosini 3 frame; because of this the viewer is easily submerged into the environment and surroundings of the film for an understanding of the problems. Both films use an asymmetrical, unbalanced composition. In Citizen Kane to show the unorganized, limitless mentality of Kane reflected in his belongings, and in The Bicycle Thief, to depict the amount of people striving to “survive” after a cultural, social, political and economic drainage. Through the editing and story, both films deliver a theme. In Citizen Kane, editing is used to show marriage over time. Since the editing is based on the character that is being interviewed, the story, in flashbacks, jumps from days, to months, to years creating a formalistic narrative. In the scene where Kane sits with his wife to eat, he proposes his love and care towards her. The next shot is months later, and he speaks less to her and becomes more distant. After a few years (Kane becomes old), they sit at opposite sides of the table and don’t share a word. This editing supports the fact that overtime marriage changes in a negative way and allows the viewer to clearly see this “theory.”Although is years later, the shots connect because the event is happening at the same place, with the same people, doing the same thing, and therefore creates continuity. On the other hand,

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