At the Movies: Citizen Kane
No filmmaker is more brilliant than Orson Welles. He came along at just the right time, with just the right set of experiences, so that his first film, Citizen Kane, fused everything we had all learned about this new art into one magnificent emblem. It also helps that the subject of the film, media moguldom, is one of the central social issues of the last 75 yearssomething that is just as important today as it was in 1941.
Although he made a number of good movies after this, Welles never again achieved such a perfect union of style, artistic bravado, and substance. When a panel of critics voted it the American Film Instituteís top film of the 20th century, it was an easy choice.
1 1/2 - 3 hours
Watch Citizen Kane while thinking about the following questions. If youíve never seen it before, and if you can find the time, please watch it twice.
Please post your responses to the following questions on the class message board.