The Use Of Light In The Film Citizen Kane

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INTRODUCTION

In films a big concept has always been the use of lights. The use of lights in films helps create a meaning about what the scene is about and at times reveals a little more. In cinematography there is different types of lighting such as: three point lighting, fill light, key light, high key and low key lighting, top or under, lighting and many more. In the times when films were black and white the use of light is not easily visible. The use of black and white still helped portray the meaning behind many of the scenes, whether the scene got lighter or darker.A film that was successful in using white and black was Citizen Kane by Orson Welles. A film that was in color was the Godfather directed by Francis Ford Coppola. The use of lighting reflects within color because it gives the audience more to look at and it becomes very noticeable when the light changes for a specific scene. The use of lighting styles is necessary in films to bring attention to the scene and to be able to produce an interesting film. The director of Citizen Kane had the choice of making the film black and white or color but eventually decided to create it in black and white. In an interview about the film Citizen Kane a critic acknowledged the use of light and said “Exploiting light and shadow inventively to express meaning and establish a desired atmosphere made Orson Welles’ ‘Citizen Kane’ a significant historical event that impacted both audiences and film genre in many ways.” The

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