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Filmgrenser: Citizen Kane

119 min
Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore
engelsk med norsk tekst
Action Film
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The classic masterpiece, Citizen Kane, is probably the world's most famous and highly rated film with its many remarkable scenes and performances, cinematic and narrative techniques and experimental innovations (in photography, editing, and sound). Its director, star, and producer are the same individual - Orson Welles (in his film debut at age 25!), who collaborated with Herman J. Mankiewicz (the brother of the writer and producer of All About Eve from Film Borders season 1) on the script. The film engendered controversy (and efforts at suppression in early 1941 through intimidation, blackmail, newspaper smears, and an FBI investigation) before it premiered in New York City on May 1, 1941. The film appeared to fictionalize and caricaturize certain events and individuals in the life of William Randolph Hearst - a powerful newspaper magnate and publisher in the United States and the man responsible for the newspaper smears and attempts to hold up the film’s release. More importantly, the innovative, bold film is an acknowledged milestone in the development of cinematic technique, although it 'shared' some of its techniques with earlier films. It uses film as an art form to energetically communicate and display a non-static view of life. Its components brought together the use of a subjective camera, unconventional lighting, deep-focus shots, flashbacks, flash-forwards and non-linear story telling, as well as elaborate camera movements. Its complex and pessimistic theme of an ethically failed man is told from several, unreliable perspectives and points-of-view by several different characters providing a sometimes contradictory, non-sequential, and enigmatic portrait of the film’s central character. The film tells the tragic epic story of a 'rags-to-riches' child who inherited a fortune, was taken away from his humble surroundings and his father and mother, was raised by a banker, and became a fabulously wealthy, arrogant, and energetic newspaperman. On many levels the film dissects the belief in the “American dream” and the myths of “a classless society” in the United States. After viewing the film, we will discuss the physical borders created in the film: between interviewer and characters in the film and interviewer and film audience; medial borders created by filmic techniques and uses of music and lighting, and finally the borders created and then violated by certain experimental plotting and changing characterization. We will also examine the theme of the permeability/non-permeability of social borders in US class society at the end of the “Great Depression”.

Stephen Wolfe


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