Wow. What a stellar film. This is probably the best directed film I’ve ever seen, and probably the best cinematography as well. Every scene is an artistic creation.
This movie reminds me of one of my criticisms of The Two Towers. On this forum I said that that movie was a series of closeups… talking heads. People here responded to me by saying “that’s the way they do it”. They said “Acting is about facial expressions”.
Well, that’s not the way Citizen Kane did it. There were VERY few closeups in the entire film. And because of this, the actors don’t have to emote everything, as they did in TTT. They can act with their bodies and with their voice. And what facial expressions existed on the actors’ faces were minimalistic. Everything was subtle and artistically rendered. My kind of film.
The quality of the acting was remarkable. Orson Welles himself only had the third or fourth best performance.
I had never seen any of this film before tonight, and all I had heard about it was “Rosebud is the sled”.
If anything demonstrates the idiocy of humanity, the fact that those were the words I heard about the film does.
Rosebud is a symbol of Kane’s stolen childhood. Its a symbol of rebirth, renewal, youth, and in Kane’s case… idealism and strength.
The sled became important to Kane in direct proportion to the degree in which he was losing himself. As Kane became increasingly unsatisfied and unfulfilled his desperation resulted in tyranny, and his final lust turned to the one thing he could never attain again.
The fact that it is a SLED is completely irrelevant.
Rosebud is the unattainable for a man who thought he had everything else.