History Film / CitizenKane

5th Mar '17 8:58:58 AM CaptEquinox
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Welles' debut film was the product of a unique contract that gave him full AuteurLicense and "final cut" approval[[note]]A really rare privilege and unheard-of for a first-time director back then, and even today[[/note]]. An avant-garde theatre director and radio star, his first film as a director was a technical breakthrough in cinematic storytelling and pioneered several achievements in cinematography, set design and special effects. The film was also controversial for its protagonist's thinly-veiled resemblance to real-life media mogul William Randolph Hearst, who subsequently moved to sabotage its release. The film became the quintessential AcclaimedFlop though it would recoup its losses in its vastly more successful anniversary and repertory screenings.

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Welles' debut film was the product of a unique contract that gave him full AuteurLicense and "final cut" approval[[note]]A really rare privilege and unheard-of for a first-time director back then, and even today[[/note]]. An avant-garde theatre director and radio star, his first film as a director was a technical breakthrough in cinematic storytelling and pioneered several achievements in cinematography, set design and special effects. The film was also controversial for its protagonist's thinly-veiled resemblance to real-life media mogul William Randolph Hearst, who subsequently [[https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/mar/28/scale-of-hearst-plot-to-discredit-orson-welles-and-citizen-kane-revealed moved to sabotage its release.release]]. The film became the quintessential AcclaimedFlop though it would recoup its losses in its vastly more successful anniversary and repertory screenings.


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** This wasn't just a "feud" as it has been portrayed. Harlan Lebo in his book ''Citizen Kane, A Filmmaker's Journey'' reveals the massive scope of Hearst's plot to destroy Welles and his film. They even smuggled [[JailBait an underage girl]] into Welles' hotel room and had two photographers standing ready. Fortunately, a police investigator warned Welles in time.
4th Mar '17 12:00:11 AM CaptEquinox
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* HighHopesZeroTalent: Susan Alexander gets put out on a huge opera debut by Kane. While her voice may be pleasant for something singing in the shower, she is not cut out for opera in any way.[[note]]Specifically, she's way out of her range. She's a mezzo-soprano trained/forced to sing as a soprano. This could ruin any vocal potential she did have.[[/note]] Her vocal teacher loudly proclaims she is unteachable and more or less facepalms every time she sings. Kane won't listen to Susan, the instructor, or every newspaper critic in America and insists she keeps going on stage.

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* HighHopesZeroTalent: Susan Alexander gets put out on a huge opera debut by Kane. While her voice may be pleasant for something singing in the shower, she is not cut out for opera in any way.[[note]]Specifically, she's way out of her range. She's a mezzo-soprano contralto (low register) trained/forced to sing as a soprano.soprano (very high register). This could ruin any vocal potential she did have.[[/note]] Her vocal teacher loudly proclaims she is unteachable and more or less facepalms every time she sings. Kane won't listen to Susan, the instructor, or every newspaper critic in America and insists she keeps going on stage.
3rd Mar '17 11:58:17 PM CaptEquinox
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* HighHopesZeroTalent: Susan Alexander gets put out on a huge opera debut by Kane. While her voice may be pleasant for something singing in the shower, she is not cut out for opera in any way. Her vocal teacher loudly proclaims she is unteachable and more or less facepalms every time she sings. Kane won't listen to Susan, the instructor, or every newspaper critic in America and insists she keeps going on stage.

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* HighHopesZeroTalent: Susan Alexander gets put out on a huge opera debut by Kane. While her voice may be pleasant for something singing in the shower, she is not cut out for opera in any way. [[note]]Specifically, she's way out of her range. She's a mezzo-soprano trained/forced to sing as a soprano. This could ruin any vocal potential she did have.[[/note]] Her vocal teacher loudly proclaims she is unteachable and more or less facepalms every time she sings. Kane won't listen to Susan, the instructor, or every newspaper critic in America and insists she keeps going on stage.
1st Mar '17 6:00:22 PM JulianLapostat
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* {{Biopic}}: It's a biopic of an entirely fictional character (albeit one inspired by real-life figures) but ''Citizen Kane'' more or less invented and codified many of the tropes of the Biopic genre and actively inspired many later works on real-life figures.
** This has to do with the fact that the film's narrative actively tries to dramatize, as the newsreel colleague says, "70 years in a man's life". A major problem with any film biography is telescoping the key incidents and shaping a proper dramatic arc to a life. Kane's approach, using the CharacterDeath as an ExcusePlot inspired later films, such as ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'' and others, which managed to avoid the ForegoneConclusion nature of the story while still finding room for dramatic possibilities.
** Welles putting on aging makeup and other aspects to show Kane in different times, paved the way for other actors in later films to portray characters in different stages of life, for instance, Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio in Film/JEdgar. Likewise, the film's focus on Kane's interior struggle and ambitions as a way to make the character somewhat relatable often led to many films using a MacGuffin to tell the story.
17th Feb '17 11:07:26 PM Give1Take2
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* ParentsAsPeople: Kane's mother seems like she truly thought she was doing what was best for her son by sending him away to be raised in wealth and prosperity (and away from his implied physically abusive father) even if it meant she couldn't be close to him anymore, not realizing that she set him down [[LonelyAtTheTop a very lonely path]] that ended with him DyingAlone.
15th Feb '17 9:28:48 AM DemonDuckofDoom
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10th Feb '17 8:09:27 PM Mdumas43073
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[[caption-width-right:252:Hey, have you seen ''Citizen Kane''? You probably should; it's practically the ''Citizen Kane'' [[ShapedLikeItself of film.]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:320:Hey,
have you seen ''Citizen Kane''? You probably should; it's practically the ''Citizen Kane'' [[ShapedLikeItself of film.]]]]
10th Feb '17 8:05:35 PM Mdumas43073
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Welles later regretted this part of the film, as people assumed she was based on screen actress and William Randolph Hearst's paramour Marion Davies, who Welles (and many others) felt was actually a fairly talented actress and a nice person. Marion Davies was well-suited to romantic comedies— unfortunately, Hearst saw her as the second coming of Mary Pickford and kept putting her in lavish, sentimental dramas that didn't take advantage of her talents.

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** Welles later regretted this part of the film, as people assumed she was based on screen actress and William Randolph Hearst's paramour Marion Davies, who Welles (and many others) felt was actually a fairly talented actress and a nice person. Marion Davies was well-suited to romantic comedies— unfortunately, Hearst saw her as the second coming of Mary Pickford and kept putting her in lavish, sentimental dramas that didn't take advantage of her talents.
3rd Feb '17 1:40:36 PM DustSnitch
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* BigBad: James W. Gettys and Walter Parks Thatcher.

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31st Jan '17 8:20:39 AM JulianLapostat
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* RedScare: Thatcher accused Kane of being a communist near the beginning of the movie. Remember, this was before the US got into UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo. Though as in the very next scene some politician accuses Kane of being ''fascist'' (and Kane was actually neither), the point is rather a critical failure of recognition on part of everybody.

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* RedScare: Thatcher accused Kane of being a communist near the beginning of the movie. Remember, this was before the US got into UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo. Though as in the very next scene some A politician addressing a crowd of workers however accuses Kane of being ''fascist'' (and ''fascist'', and we see Kane was actually neither), the point hanging out with Hitler and Mussolini while stating "there's be no war". Essentially Kane is rather a critical failure of recognition on part of everybody.demagogue who uses politics to her advantage and ego.
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