As the two invested the time into one another, Kane convinces Susan to perform on the piano for him, in which occurs more than once. And what can be learned from the simple things in life? Consider also the contrast between the diegetic sound in the cacophony of the Inquirer office as opposed to the echoes in the vast empty halls of Xanadu. Narrator: Its humble beginnings in this ramshackle building, a dying daily. Throughoutthe film, objects in sharp focus are made to loom in the foreground between usand the main action, as if Toland cannot resist any opportunity to intrude thecinematographer's presence into the story. But Toland himself was the first to recognize thespecial significance of his work on Citizen Kane. This scene represents the innocence that is stolen from him in this exact moment. Because the sets had not been built, it was necessary toimprovise.
The camera looks into a cross section of the booth. This allows for Kane to dominate the mise-en-scene in spatial relations to his friends. As the star of the movie as well, Orson Wells delivers an all time great performance as Kane. If the truth were known, Citizen Kane now had both strikes against it. Its power does not dissipate after one viewing. Welles had made it known that hewas interested in working with the veteran cinematographer.
I have chosen five of the sixteen techniques that I learned this week, which made an impact on the way that I personally viewed this film. This empowers him over the rest of the characters and helps shape his dominant personality. Another example occurs at the beginning of thefilm. When the movie comes on there is an image of a sign hanging on a fence. Toland had good reason for encouraging their use: Not only did theypermit shooting and lighting from below, unorthodox devices of which he wasfond, but they also eliminated the shadows that would be thrown by boommicrophones directly overhead, thus increasing the camera's operative range andmobility.
Citizen Kane was able to achieve this wonderfully and it sets the bar high for movies of this genre for generations to come. Suddenly, without a cut, we are inside, but the profile on the bed is inexactly the same place on the screen. A title card: But America Still Reads Kane Newspapers and Kane Himself Was Always News. Its director, star, and producer were all the same genius individual - Orson Welles in his film debut at age 25! McClellan, gaffer;Ralph Hoge, grip; and Edward Garvin, assistant cameraman. Spider monkeys sit above a sign on one of the cages marked 'Bengal Tiger. Over a short period of time the passion Kane once had for his marriage had simply been transferred back into his newspaper.
Such crises, however, were old hat withthe Mercury operation, and Welles was eager to try out some of the things thathe and Toland had been discussing. He also used lighting in ways that had never been used before. Perhaps Welles was so perfect to take on the mantle of Kane because he was himself more similar to Kane than even Hearst. Kane: I'm always glad to be back, young man. The reporter looks for clues to the word's identity by researching the newspaper publisher's life, through interviews with several of Kane's former friends and colleagues. The inherent distorting properties of the wide-anglelens function here as an expressionistic element in the composition of thisshot. Citizen Kane is a 1941 American drama film directed, co-written, produced by, and starring Orson Welles.
The setup of the movie was something I did enjoy. Another is a shot with streams of light falling into a dark interior, as in theprojection room sequence. The next view is again the lit window viewed from inside. As I watched the movie I started to have a feeling of loneliness and isolation when Mrs. The deep focus shot also points out very clearly that Kane will become the subject or property of someone greater simply from the juxtaposition of the adults closer to the camera and Charles farthest from the camera. This was not an acceptablepractice in conventional cinematography of the time because of the extraneoushalo effect that appeared in the photographic image.
My firm had been appointed trustee by Mrs. Orson Welles, the director, used camera angles and a variety of angles to place emphasis on certain important points in the movie. Some of thedevices Toland came up with he had already used in other films, but others werenew or used in significantly new ways in Citizen Kane. Over a short period of time the passion Kane once had for his marriage had simply been transferred back into his newspaper. Extreme depth of field gave them a playing space roughly equivalent towhat they had on a stage. Newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst, the inspiration for the film's main character, Charles Foster Kane, waged a no-holds-barred campaign to destroy the film.
Thereby, his director of photography Toland, developed a method in which everything on shot was in sharp focus. I am glad that this particular film was the film of choice to demonstrate some of these techniques. Flashbacks were used in the film since Welles wanted the narrative to flow poetically from image to image in order to feel like an actual human memory Frost. For instance, when we first meet Kane as an adult, there is a great between he and Thatcher. Most of the film'sscenes are shot on small interior sets. This technique helped to emphasize the unique mise-en-scène and drama of the story because many of the characters, especially Kane himself, appear to be larger than life when they fill up so much of the frame. Citizen Kane is a portrait of a public and private figure that remains tantalizingly unfinished.