Struggling to analyze the cinematic techniques in a movie read this post for techniques that help you take your film analysis essay to a deeper level think about the classic film citizen kane and the sled as a symbol of kane's childhood how about theme. How do films work how do they tell a story how do they move us and make us think this book argues that shot-by-shot analysis is the best way for film students to learn about and appreciate the filmmaker's art having taught film studies for many years, i have learned that viewers trained in close analysis of single film. Empire explains the classic camera shots you need to know it isn't image for film studies 101: the 30 camera shots every film fan needs to know and kane's mother (agnes moorehead) discussing charles (buddy swan)'s fate while the young boy plays in the background in citizen kane (1941. With the lighting and lenses available in 1941, this was just becoming possible, and toland had experimented with the technique in john ford's the long voyage home a few years earlier in most movies, the key in almost all movies before citizen kane, you couldn't see the ceilings in rooms because there weren't any.
If you hold with orson welles's gleeful endorsement that making a film is “the biggest electric train set any boy ever had”, then his feature debut citizen kane is the hi-tech, speeding locomotive that powered cinema into the future still regarded as an all-time great, its huge influence is matched only by its. Citizen kane orson welles' masterpiece, a debut made when he was only 25 years old, seems as astonishing a feat today as it did in 1941 the camera and editing alone showed filmmakers the way ahead, and facets of it are copied even today very few of the techniques of the past are left unused either, so this was a. Regular readers may know that the 1995 vatican film list included citizen kane among the 15 unranked titles noted for outstanding artistic significance it's also well known that although citizen kane didn't pioneer these techniques, bazin argued that it invested them with new meaning and power by using deep focus or.
While the rules of the game and other films employed it earlier, deep focus is most commonly associated with orson welles and his and cinematographer gregg toland's use of the technique in citizen kane (1945) the film's use of deep focus and high contrast lighting established a distinctive,. Part i: citizen welles citizen kane can be approached in several ways: as a film, as an event, as a topic of the times, etc the outline of the story is simplicity itself but its presentation is managed in complex ways and its conclusions are so vague with the shadows of meaning that it is easy to read almost anything into it,. Citizen kane (orson welles, 1941) is a famous film composed almost entirely of flashbacks and flashforwards the film timeline spans over 60 this optical property of the cinema creates variations in depth of field — through shallow focus, deep focus, and techniques such as racking focus dziga vertov's films celebrated. Citizen kane – innovative techniques citizen kane, a classic american dramatic film, is considered to be the ultimate classic masterpiece and the world's most famous and highest rated film, as it is ranked the number one best film of all time it was the first movie orson welles, a theatrical genius, co-wrote, directed, and.
To many, citizen kane is the greatest movie ever made the film's use of non- linear storytelling (for which it won the oscar for best writing — its only oscar win against nine nominations), as well as new techniques in cinematography and editing, made the film groundbreaking though not always given the. Bernard herrmann is well known to have largely avoided the technique of leitmotif, which by the late 1930s had become a staple of hollywood film music but clearly herrmann felt differently in writing his score for citizen kane, as he admitted that i give my thoughts below in a film music analysis.
The cinematographer also has control over the film stock used in citizen kane a range of different film stocks from earlier periods was used to give the the example of deep focus above) however, he also adopts editing techniques from hollywood, such as the shot-reverse shot technique seen below.
Citizen kane has long been acclaimed as a work of genius and endlessly dissected by critics but a mystery still lies at the heart of this masterpiece on the eve of orson welles's centenary, peter bradshaw comes up with his own theory about the film's clinching moment. To celebrate orson welles's 101st birthday, we examined some of the sources for some of the techniques used in citizen kane, a film we analyze in detail in chapters 3 and 8 see welles at 101, kane at 75 or thereabouts in hollywood it is a common assumption that the protagonist(s) of a film must have. Citizen kane, free study guides and book notes including comprehensive chapter analysis, complete summary analysis, author biography information this film is one of the first films to rely heavily on style and visuals, citizen kane uses camera, lighting, and set techniques to show kane's rise and fall from power.
Citizen kane, directed, produced by and starring orson welles is famous for its remarkable scenes, cinematic and narrative technique, and experimental innovations the focus of this essay is on the picnic sequence that appears late in susan alexander's recount to thompson, the reporter searching for the meaning of. Gregg toland, asc (may 29, 1904 – september 28, 1948) was an american cinematographer noted for his innovative use of lighting and techniques such as deep focus, examples of which can be found in his work on orson welles' citizen kane, william wyler's the best years of our lives, and john ford's the long. He wastes no time in introducing his different technique the film begins with a mythical two-reel news on the march, obviously based on the march of time, since the commentator's phraseology is unmistakable time talk it is a short on the life of the great publisher, charles foster kane, who has just.