Orson Welles' Use of Long Shots

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Orson Welles, Hollywood’s boy genius, brought his innovative approach which has, as Andre Bazin states in Orson Welles: A Critical View: “shaken the edifices of cinematic traditions”. One of the formal characteristics that he is most well known for is the use of long takes. Although the use of long takes was already established in film, as many of the first films had no edits, Welles incorporated long takes effectively in his films to overload scenes with activity adding more dramatic tension. The films that his formal characteristic stands out the strongest are two of his more popular films Citizen Kane and Touch of Evil. Orson Welles’ theatrical background and his love for painting are probably the greatest contributions to his…show more content…
The car later explodes off screen giving the audience dramatic relief while at the same time robbing them of a visual explosion. Orson Welles’ use of long shot allows him to pack the screen with action and give the audience the illusion of freedom to follow what they want in a scene making the audience being more invested because they believe they found out the conflict on their own. Through this illusion he is able to add more dramatic tension and dramatic irony to his work making it rich in content and catharsis as he did in Citizen Kane and Touch of Evil.

Works Cited
Bazin, André. Orson Welles: A Critical View. New York: Harper & Row, 1978. Print.
Citizen Kane. Dir. Orson Welles. Perf. Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore. Released by RKO Radio Pictures, 1941.
Riedlinger, Michael C. "Orson Welles - Painter." Senses of Cinema. 30 Dec. 2009. Web. 24 Apr. 2012. .
Rosenbaum, Jonathan. Discovering Orson Welles. Berkeley: University of California, 2007. Print.
Touch of Evil. Dir. Orson Welles. Perf. Orson Welles. Universal Pictures Co.,
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