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Cinema 101 Monday May 27, 2014 Growing Apart: Distance and Loss in Citizen Kane Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941) is an American drama film that narrates the story of a newspaper magnate who gained worldly success in his life, but he lost connection with people around him during this process. With the help of a series of flashbacks, the film illustrates Kane’s personal life. The film starts with the scene where Kane is on his deathbed and says the word ‘Rosebud’ before dying. A newspaper reporter, Thompson gets intrigued by this word, which becomes the motivation for him to learn about the life of Charles Foster Kane and the significance of the word ‘ Rosebud’. The director, Orson Welles depicts the personal life of Kane beautifully in…show more content…
This shows that she wanted to be happy and not alone solving puzzles. Later in another scene, Susan was seen solving another jig-saw puzzle, when Kane entered the room. This time, the distance between the two was increased as Susan was on the floor near the fireplace and Kane went on to sit at a chair further in the room. In this scene also, statues in the room had a presence more than the characters in the film, which again shows the love Kane had grown for material things. The distance Kane was growing with Susan can also be observed from the way Kane disregarded her solving puzzles when compared to himself collecting statues. During the entire sequence, Susan was seen in very expensive and lavish clothing, but she wasn’t happy with that. Also, this did not increase any affection Kane had towards her. Welles used mise-en-scenes to display the importance of statues over people. The camera angles used in this sequence can also be considered to be almost perfect as these conveys the message the director wants to convey totally to any kind of audience. Finally, at the end of the sequence, Kane asks his wife to go out with him for a picnic, which she does but doesn’t seem to be happy with that. The last scene of the sequence shows Kane and Susan sitting next to each other in a car, but both of them do not seem to be excited about going for the picnic as they do not talk to each other. Welles
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