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Aug. 6th, 2004 @ 10:01 am Citizen Kane
If you all haven't gone out and seen Citizen Kane yet, I would highly, highly recommend it. It is one of the most technically accomplished films ever made.

The camerawork itself is my favorite aspect of this film. The scenes I would highlight:

1. The initial opening scene with the closeup on Kane's lips saying "Rosebud," and the rolling snow globe.
2. The shot through the window of the young Kane in the snow.
3. The use of vertical lines during the party scene at the newspaper.
4. The montage with Kane and his wife and the newspapers.
5. The scene with Kane's wife completing a puzzle.

I would recommend, as a companion, the documentary Visions of Light, which is a fascinating look at the history of cinematography, and does a great analysis of Kane.

I would also recommend if you get the Kane DVD, that you watch the documentary Battle Over Citizen Kane, which provides an excellent, excellent background on the film's controversy and the campaign to prevent it from having any critical and commerical success in its time.
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Date:August 6th, 2004 10:13 am (UTC)
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William Randolph Hearst is the news magnate that Kane was supposedly based on. Hearst was so offended by the film that he launched a major backlash campaign against it.
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Date:August 6th, 2004 02:27 pm (UTC)

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Out of the thousands upon thousands of films I have seen in my life, Citizen Kane has always remained my favorite. I actually took a class in film school that dealt only with Citizen Kane, and it was brilliant.

Check out some of Welles' other films - namely "The Lady from Shanghai", "Touch of Evil" and "The Magnificent Ambersons"... all 4 star films, in my opinion.
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Date:August 9th, 2004 05:49 am (UTC)

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I really like both the book and film versions of Magnificent Ambersons, but I heard that the studio butchered Welles' final cut of the film. Touch of Evil is in my Blockbuster On-Line queue-I can't wait to see it?

Have you seen The Third Man? I know Welles didn't direct it, but his role was terrific.