THe Movies

March 4, 2010

Citizen Kane-The movie

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Citizen Kane

As I learn and read about films being made I can see why Welles was so excited about making Citizen Kane. While watching this movie I had to watch as if techniques were still being created. Anyone watching now would just think it was a regular film but knowing the background allows you to see why people still speak of the film.

What made this movie great was the fact that Welles had so much control over the way things were to look. This movie changed a lot of what the roles in production were. My favorite shot of the movie was Kane standing in front of all those mirrors. Even today a shot like this would have taken a lot of time and calculation and it was pulled of superbly.

The thing I love most about the movie is how the shots just fit the storyline. It just shows the way he took the script and put it on film was incredible. He had a vision and went for it. The low angle and the high angle shots all had a purpose, everything served a purpose and wasn’t just placed.

Welles Interview

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Interview with Orson Welles

I found this interview to be very insightful; into he’s film making process. I love how excited he is about the whole film making process as well. He was very into he’s work and had to micro manage everything.
The best part of the interview had to be when he started speaking about camera placement. The idea that you just know where to place the camera seemed weird to me but then started to make sense. He gave the example a singer knowing what note to hit, this made a lot of sense. I just disagreed with the whole fact that if you didn’t already know where the camera should be placed you were just shopping around. I feel like if you already know what you want the shot to look like that’s even better but at the end it’s just two different ways of doing things.
I also liked that he realized the importance of the DP. It seems at this time it was unheard of. The DP does do a lot of work and is second to the director and even in today’s film world it is refreshing to see that he’s ego did not get in the way. Overall the most shocking to me is how this great movie had no real planning. It was all done on a whim and experimentation.

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