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YMMV: Citizen Kane
  • Award Snub: The film losing the Academy Award for Best Picture to How Green Was My Valley, which is arguably considered the most iconic instance of this. The only Oscar it took home that year was for Best Original Screenplay (as a tribute to Herman Manckiewicz), not even winning awards for Art Direction or Cinematography.
  • Awesome Music: The score by Bernard Herrmann. Special mentions goes to the ending scene where the soundtrack booms ominously when we see the smoke of the Rosebud sled rise out of Xanadu's chimney.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The shrieking cockatoo. To date, it's still unknown whether it was meant to be symbolic of Kane's world shattering around him, or if it was just throw in to scare the piss out of the audience. Either way, it came out of nowhere and disappeared just as swiftly.
    • Not really. The scream preceeds Wells trashing Susan's room.
      His memory of Susan's departure is parodied by a jolting cut to a screeching white cockatoo flapping off the balcony at Xanadu - a visually startling image. Psychologically shocked by her exit and regressing into an uncontrollable, childlike tantrum, Kane in a robot-like posture violently tears her room apart in a rage.
    • There's also another instance with a woman screaming outside Kane's tent while Susan argues with him. There's a motif there.
  • Crazy Awesome: Young Kane. His method of revitalising a failing newspaper is to move into the editor's office so that he'll always be close when news happens. It works spectacularly.
  • Fandom Heresy/Sacred Cow: The quickest way a critic or film school teacher can kill their street cred is to trash this film.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Kane states he's going to the Western Manhattan Warehouse in NJ to look through his old stuff from his boyhood (his sled, presumably). During restoration efforts, a lone 35mm master negative and soundtrack of Orson Welles' The Tragedy of Othello: The Moor of Venice (1952), long thought to have been destroyed, was found at the Western Manhattan Warehouse.
  • Hype Backlash: Big time. When you have people always boasting about this movie and its reputation, this will be inevitable.
  • It Was His Sled: Partially due to this being the Trope Namer.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Kane winds up more pitiful than pitiable.
  • Memetic Mutation: The Slow Clap seen in this film is infamous on the Internet.
  • Narm: "Don't you know who I am? CHAAAAAAAAAAAAARLES FOSTER KANE!"
    • Most of Orson Welles's performance as Older Kane is pretty Narmy.
    • "Good morning." "I'm drunk."
  • Nightmare Fuel: The shrieking cockatoo. Especially considering how abruptly it happens. See NightmareFuel.Citizen Kane for more information.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Portraying Kane's mother, Agnes Moorehead proved her potential as a movie actress through only a few minutes of screentime and dialogue.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Those who don't hold the movie on a pedestal tend to go in this direction instead.
  • Special Effect Failure: Very few, but one background features a pterodactyl, because it was Stock Footage from King Kong.
  • Vindicated by History: Probably the greatest example of this. William Randolph Hearst essentially got Orson Welles stonewalled in Hollywood after the release of Citizen Kane. It barely made a cent at the box office and actually got booed out of the building every time it was mentioned during that year's Academy Awards. Years down the road, Citizen Kane would go on to be considered one of the greatest and most influential films ever made.

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