Reading the back ground of this movie sparked my interest because of how unconvential i heard about how this movie was for its time in hollywood for the 1940s. What stands out that makes this movie stand out was its cinematopraphy, the innovation with technology such as the cameras and their low angles,lighting, framing and scales. Also the fact that not only was Orsen Welle’s one of the great minds behind making the movie but he also was the lead role in the movie.
There are a lot of patterns that i have noticed in the film that reoccur. There was a pattern of reflections in mirrors or glass . When Kane died he dropped the snow globe which showed the reflection of the nurse through the glass. Another scene was when there was a celebration and there was the female dancers, you could see their reflection in the window. Also inside of Susans apt scene when she had her tooth ache there was mirror reflections there aswell. Since i mentioned the female dancers, in one scene when the women in line was dancing the 1st girl on the righ seemed very unsure.There also was patterns of large portraits , large ,furniture such as chairs, statues, and utilization of big open spaces inside of most of the buildings.
People wasn’t ready for a film like this in hollywood during that area also probably because of the lighting, and angles. In some scenes i noticed lots of center lighting but the characters arn’t necessarily centered in the light. In the beginning scene after Kane’s death with the group of men you could barely see them. The light would shoot from the frame of the window but it wasnt hitting character which made me feel like I was in the dark room too. There was a lot of emphasis on shadows in the film for example there are two scenes with Susan , 1st when she was complaining about singing and the negative press from the paper and also when she was slapped by kane. In both scenes Susan was sitting and kane was standing over her and she would be covered by his shadow which shows the masculine power over her.
The most unconventional thing in this film had to be the deep focus. Most of the scenes people would be spaced aprt in such distances but the camera still showinng everything. It was such a dramatic distance in the scene of Kane’s mansion when he was talking to Susan because you could barely see Kane. The was so much long shots that when close ups & extreme close ups was done it would feel weird and be emphasized especially with Mr leemans character. One scene i did like was the reverse shot with Kane and his first wife because it showed how years passed within one scene of having a meal.
Other patterns in the film I noticed was with the effect of closing doors. You felt like the door was literally being slammed in your face, both examples was with Kane & Susan. When Kane first met Susan when he went into her apartment and closed her door , & when Susan was leaving him and he closed the door when entering her room. Also layering of characters in scenes for example the scene with Mrs Kane close to the camera, the man behind her , and Mr Kane behind him , then you have child Kane in the distance framed in the window. Another example is when Susan was interviewed it was a deep focus scene there dark shadowed man on the phone, the man listening by the door and Susan mourning in the background. There also is emphasis on words in the film Like in the beginning CITIZEN KANE, the posters with his name during the election , and NO TRESPASSING in the end which I felt meant giving his life privacy since he was in the public eye. The only private thing he had was rosebud (sled from child hood) which no one figured out.
The movie overall was enjoyable to me but there was the weird scene with the white bird which was very random. You could see the scene behind the bird’s eye but it just was odd especially with the shrilled scream. There was also a scream inthe distance when susan was slapped but it wasnt by Susan.