Sep 22

Wow! Citizen Kane was awesome, I didn’t except it to be but it was.  Orson Welles was so ahead of his time with the various techniques that were used; and that are still being used till this day.  A common technique that was used throughout the film were patterns.  I noticed many reflecting objects and mirrors.  But, I must say that my favorite technique was the use of the flashback.

Flashingback into important scenes in Kane’s life really helped me grasp a better understanding of his character.  The main one that I think was the most significant was the flashback to his childhood.  The scene showed him as a young child running around in the snow.  Then his mother and father were inside bickering about something.  Another man was with them making them sign papers of some sort.  Even though the main action is between the adults in the scene, outside the window where Kane is playing with his sleigh is the main focus.  In the scene the sleigh seems to be very important and it seems that the character has an emotional attraction to it.  As the young boy is taken away, the sled is left behind.  The film shows time passing by and the snow just collecting on top of it.  At first I wasnt to sure as to why this happened, but then realized it was a source of foreshadowing. 

Later on in the movie the main character constanly talks about something called “Rosebud” I think I spent the whole movie trying to figure out what “Rosebud” could be.  Possibly the snow globe he drops and shatters on the floor during his death, maybe his child, maybe his wives, or his mother.  I then realized when reporters and detectives were burning things in his house, it was the sled.  On the sled the name that was hand painted on was “Rosebud”.  It all came together for me. Since the sled was “Rosebud” I then made the connection that the sled symbolized his childhood and his innocence before he became rich and his life changed greatly.

Another foreshadow from the flashback technique that I observed was something his father said.  When Mr. Thatcher was taking away his son because his mother didnt want him near his fathe anymore the dad stated that he will become rich one day.  He then said he will become the richest man in the world.  Now, Kane was only about 8 years old at the time.  I feel that those lines were so significant because that trully did come true and being  a rich man shaped Kane’s character.

In both instances where “Rosebud”  was left outside in the snow and melting in the fire pit, the camera zoomed in on it for several seconds.  I feel like the director wanted to really get the point across to the audience of the importance of that sled.  It was almost scary to see the camera slowly zoom in on the sled when the snow piled on and when the name was dripping off in the fire.

So overall this film was great! I enjoyed wathcing it.  There were so many important things that were occuring but I feel that the technique of flashbacks and foreshadowing were the greatest.

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  1. 1 YINI
    3:17 am - 10-21-2011

    I totally agree with you that Citizen Kane is so awesome. It has become my favorite movie recently.
    The filmmakers used flashback to connect this whole movie, in a chronological order, which is great because I believe that narration is the most common way to shoot a movie at that time. The technique skills used in this movie are also common nowadays, which also surprises me again.
    In your analysis, you post that ” rosebud” is a key clue which guide the detectives in the movie and viewers in the real world to find the answer. It also occurs to me that the crystal ball maybe is a support evidence. They are both come from the old boarding house, one is the sled which Mr.Kane used to play with, the other is the same scene as the day when her mother decided to sigh him over to Mr. Thatcher. Because the ball is broken , that’s why detectives didn’t realize, or everything will be so obvious. 😀
    You blog stirs me to think more. Great!

  2. 2 konrad
    5:21 am - 10-21-2011

    wow thank god i was not the only one trying to figure out “rosebud”. That is what really got me hooked to the movie. But enough about me, lets talk about the movie. Yes, your so right. The movie was totally amazing. It was so unexpected I think because the name of the movie is kind of a turn off. But yeah, the use of flashbacks were awesome in this movie since in the end it connected rosebud to the sled.

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