History Film / CitizenKane

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.
4th Oct '15 7:50:52 AM AllenbysEyes
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* NoPartyGiven: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]]; Kane is presumably running for Governor as an Independent. Boss Gettys' political affiliation isn't mentioned.
13th Aug '15 2:07:08 PM JB0187
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** The theme of the story, that of an antihero DyingAlone, unredeemed, an unpleasant, manipulative JerkAss who never learns his lesson even in his old age and who leaves behind several disappointed friends and broken loved ones was fairly harsh, in terms of absence of easy conflict resolution, putting across the futility of life and the passage of time. Likewise the characters are not consistent or slaves to type. Rather than being marked by a single trait and attribute, they have multiple traits and attributes. Kane goes from an idealistic, flamboyant young man to a reclusive, paranoid hermit, the CharacterDevelopment isn't drastic or cordoned to a single transforming event.

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** The theme of the story, that of an antihero DyingAlone, unredeemed, an unpleasant, manipulative JerkAss {{Jerkass}} who never learns his lesson even in his old age and who leaves behind several disappointed friends and broken loved ones was fairly harsh, in terms of absence of easy conflict resolution, putting across the futility of life and the passage of time. Likewise the characters are not consistent or slaves to type. Rather than being marked by a single trait and attribute, they have multiple traits and attributes. Kane goes from an idealistic, flamboyant young man to a reclusive, paranoid hermit, the CharacterDevelopment isn't drastic or cordoned to a single transforming event.
28th Jun '15 10:19:09 AM Wartzanall
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* 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.

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* 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.part, so yes, the actress who played Susan Alexander can sing, but doesn't have much range.
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