Film Analysis : Citizen Kane Directed By Orson Welles

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Throughout history filmmakers have made specific narrative and cinematic choices to create compelling storylines. There are many different strategies that can be explored when developing a narrative. The 1941 film, Citizen Kane directed by Orson Welles is a phenomenal example of the exploration of innovative uses in photography, sound and editing. Orson Welles uses staging, shadows, low-key lighting, deep focus and overlapping dialogue to emphasize various aspects of the film. The main character Charles Foster Kane is sent away by his parents when he is just little boy after they come into a large amount of money. Due to this, he grows up to be an insensitive and vain man. Kane becomes very successful but uses his wealth and position of power to govern the people in his life. Welles uses these cinematic techniques to accentuate the idea that Charles Kane 's desire to control the people around him eventually drives away those who care about him, leaving him powerless and alone. Throughout the film, Kane often dominates the frame whether he is exerting his power or is not in control. The scene where Kane’s parents send him away is the moment of Kane’s ascension to a position of power. The scene begins with young Kane playing outside in the snow alone. The shot is lit by natural daylight keeping the audience’s attention on Kane. The camera tracks back inside the window of Charles’ mother’s boarding house. Now Kane appears to have decreased in size and distance while still kept

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