History Film / CitizenKane

31st Jul '16 2:44:42 AM Eagal
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** The [[ItWasHisSled now legendary]] sled.

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** The [[ItWasHisSled now legendary]] legendary sled.



** On the [[ItWasHisSled sled]] symbolism in ''Citizen Kane'', Orson Welles remarked: "It's a gimmick, really, and rather dollar-book Freud."

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** On the [[ItWasHisSled sled]] sled symbolism in ''Citizen Kane'', Orson Welles remarked: "It's a gimmick, really, and rather dollar-book Freud."



* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Kane in 1935: "You can take my word for it: there'll be no war." [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Uh-huh]].

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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Kane didn't believe, in 1935: "You can take my word for it: there'll 1935, that there would be no war." [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Uh-huh]].a war. UsefulNotes/WorldWarII started 4 years after that.
31st Jul '16 2:41:57 AM Eagal
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* BettyAndVeronica: Kane's wives, Emily and Susan, respectively
* BigFancyHouse: Xanadu.

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* %%* BettyAndVeronica: Kane's wives, Emily and Susan, respectively
respectively.
* BigFancyHouse: Xanadu.Xanadu, which is cited as the largest private estate in the world, the cost of which to maintain quote "No man can say".



* TheBrainlessBeauty: Susan Alexander Kane
** She's more naive than stupid, really. It's just that her voice has "bimbo" connotations.

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* TheBrainlessBeauty: Susan Alexander Kane
** She's
Kane is more naive than stupid, really. It's just that her voice has "bimbo" connotations.



* ChekhovsGun: The [[ItWasHisSled now legendary]] sled.

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* ChekhovsGun: ChekhovsGun:
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The [[ItWasHisSled now legendary]] sled.



* {{Chiaroscuro}}: Like many tropes, the usage of Chiaroscuro in film was widely popularized by ''Citizen Kane'', although it was already common in [[GermanExpressionism German expressionist]] cinema.
** This ties into the film's use of "Deep Focus" (one of the techniques cinematographers rave about in the movie). The way they managed to bring foreground and background objects into focus in the same shot required the more distant objects to be extremely brightly lit, encouraging the heavy-shadow Chiaroscuro compositions.
*** Which is why Welles put Gregg Toland's name on the same card as him.

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* {{Chiaroscuro}}: Like many tropes, the usage of Chiaroscuro in film was widely popularized by ''Citizen Kane'', although it was already common in [[GermanExpressionism German expressionist]] cinema.
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cinema. This ties into the film's use of "Deep Focus" (one of the techniques cinematographers rave about in the movie). The way they managed to bring foreground and background objects into focus in the same shot required the more distant objects to be extremely brightly lit, encouraging the heavy-shadow Chiaroscuro compositions.
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compositions. Which is why Welles put Gregg Toland's name on the same card as him.



* DeadpanSnarker: Young Kane had his moments.

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* %%* DeadpanSnarker: Young Kane had his moments.



* FamousLastWords: Or one, anyway: "Rosebud".

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* FamousLastWords: Or one, anyway: Kane's final word is "Rosebud".



** On the other hand, this might go without saying. Kane would not be so alone in his great mansion at the end if his son wasn't dead.
*** Even worse, Kane might be so egocentric by that point that he simply doesn't care.
*** See Bus Crash.
* FramingDevice: related to above -- the story is told mostly via interviews of people who were close with Kane with a reporter.

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** On the other hand, this might go without saying. Kane would not be so alone in his great mansion at the end if his son wasn't dead.
*** Even worse, Kane might be so egocentric by that point that he simply doesn't care.
*** See Bus Crash.
* FramingDevice: related to above -- the The story is told mostly via interviews of people who were close with Kane with a reporter.



* {{Jerkass}}: Charles Foster Kane

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* %%* {{Jerkass}}: Charles Foster Kane



* MalevolentMugshot: "Vote for KANE"

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* %%* MalevolentMugshot: "Vote for KANE"



* {{Mockumentary}} / {{Newsreel}}: Early in the film. Welles [[Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds was good at these]]. Kind of an example of AluminumChristmasTrees. People in the 1940s who were used to seeing the "March of Time" newsreels regularly would have been much more amused by the satire. Possibly the earliest example of an in-movie fake newsreel.

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* {{Mockumentary}} / {{Newsreel}}: {{Mockumentary}}: Early in the film. Welles [[Radio/TheWarOfTheWorlds was good at these]]. Kind of an example of AluminumChristmasTrees. People in the 1940s who were used to seeing the "March of Time" newsreels regularly would have been much more amused by the satire. Possibly the earliest example of an in-movie fake newsreel.



* NameOfCain: No accident, that name.

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* NameOfCain: No accident, that name.Charles ''Kane''.



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: William Randolph Hearst felt otherwise.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Kane was probably based on William Randolph Hearst, though Hearst felt otherwise.was not pleased with the allusion.



* PlotTriggeringDeath: Guess whose?

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* PlotTriggeringDeath: Guess whose?The plot is kickstarted by Kane's death.



* TakeThat: Screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz was a regular invitee to Heart's San Simeon until he earned their disfavor and was kicked out. A lot of the satirical details of Kane comes from his own resentment and desire to mock Hearst.
** Rumor has it that "Rosebud" was Hearst's nickname for a [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar very specific part]] of Marion Davies' person. According to a less interesting explanation, it was a nickname for his mother.

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* TakeThat: TakeThat:
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Screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz was a regular invitee to Heart's San Simeon until he earned their disfavor and was kicked out. A lot of the satirical details of Kane comes from his own resentment and desire to mock Hearst. \n** Rumor has it that "Rosebud" was Hearst's nickname for a [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar very specific part]] of Marion Davies' person. According to a less interesting explanation, it was a nickname for his mother.



* TradeYourPassionForGlory
* {{Tragedy}}

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* %%* TradeYourPassionForGlory
* %%* {{Tragedy}}



* {{Whip Pan}}s are used in the breakfast table montage showing the deterioration of Kane's first marriage.



* WhipPan: These are used in the breakfast table montage showing the deterioration of Kane's first marriage.



* YesMan: Bernstein.

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* %%* YesMan: Bernstein.
22nd Jul '16 4:12:45 AM ManEFaces
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* PowerfulAndHelpless: All of Charles Foster Kane's wealth and power can't stop the world from finding out about his adultery which kills his political career. In fact one of the over-arching themes of the film is that all of Kane's wealth and power fail to gain him the love of others, which is the one thing he truly wants and never really gets.
6th Feb '16 10:57:45 PM gallium
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'''''Citizen Kane''''' is a 1941 film, produced by Creator/RKOPictures and Mercury Films. It is Creator/OrsonWelles' first feature, and he produced, co-wrote, directed and played the leading role as Charles Foster Kane.

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'''''Citizen Kane''''' ''Citizen Kane'' is a 1941 film, produced by Creator/RKOPictures and Mercury Films. It is Creator/OrsonWelles' first feature, and he produced, co-wrote, co-wrote (with Herman J. Mankiewicz), directed and played the leading role as Charles Foster Kane.
1st Feb '16 6:07:09 AM JulianLapostat
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* TheManIsStickingItToTheMan: A subversion. Orson Welles made this film for a Hollywood Studio and the film was a general satire of UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream, yellow journalism, the Hollywood style and narrative, and it states that CapitalismIsBad. This was made at the invitation of the studios themselves but as a result of Hearst's interference on account of "percieved" libel, the film's release was sabotaged, Welles' reputation was smeared and Hollywood learnt its lesson from "The Man".
31st Jan '16 10:10:34 AM JulianLapostat
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* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: No one, except the audience, will ever know what Rosebud really means or signifies. It becomes a missing piece of a jigsaw puzzle and a RiddleForTheAges. Thompson hangs a {{Lampshade}} on it at the end:
--> '''Thompson''': Mr. Kane was a man who got everything he wanted and then lost it. Maybe Rosebud was something he couldn't get, or something he lost. Anyway, it wouldn't have explained anything... I don't think any word can explain a man's life. No, I guess Rosebud is just a... piece in a jigsaw puzzle... a missing piece.
18th Jan '16 6:41:04 AM Odacon_Spy
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** Kane's father, physically speaking, which is why his partly why his mother sends him away in the first place. Although in his defense the one time he threatnens to strike his son, is after Charles violently pushed Thatcher down with his sled.

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** Kane's father, physically speaking, which is why his partly why his mother sends him away in the first place. Although in his defense the one time he threatnens threatens to strike his son, is after Charles violently pushed Thatcher down with his sled.
26th Dec '15 4:33:30 PM nombretomado
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** ''Film/CitizenKane'' was in many ways an attack on the narrative style of UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood as well as several American types like the SelfMadeMan and the AmericanDream. Namely that the idea of defining life in terms of social success and wealth ultimately makes you value people less and makes you desire to control and buy people around you.

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** ''Film/CitizenKane'' was in many ways an attack on the narrative style of UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood as well as several American types like the SelfMadeMan and the AmericanDream.UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream. Namely that the idea of defining life in terms of social success and wealth ultimately makes you value people less and makes you desire to control and buy people around you.
7th Dec '15 3:30:32 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* GreeyJew: Subverted. It's Kane's very Jewish business associate Mr. Bernstein who says that there's more to life than money.

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* GreeyJew: GreedyJew: Subverted. It's Kane's very Jewish business associate Mr. Bernstein who says that there's more to life than money.



* HollywoodToneDeaf: Averted with Susan Alexander. To get the effect of a realistically overmatched singer, Welles got a professional '''alto''' opera singer and had her sing a soprano part, so yes, the actress who played Susan Alexander can sing, but doesn't have much range.

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* HollywoodToneDeaf: Averted with Susan Alexander. To get the effect of a realistically overmatched singer, Welles got a professional '''alto''' ''alto'' opera singer and had her sing a soprano part, so yes, the actress who played Susan Alexander can sing, but doesn't have much range.
7th Dec '15 3:29:38 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* GreeyJew: Subverted. It's Kane's very Jewish business associate Mr. Bernstein who says that there's more to life than money.
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