Movie Citizen Kane (1941)

Watched 20100530 @ Home (DVD)
Citizen Kane (1941) Orson Welles*. 119 min
*Also produced by Orson Welles, written by Herman J. Mankiewicz and Orson Welles, and starred Orson Welles.

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The movie began with a property called Xanadu. The scene, however, seemed out of place and I briefly wondered if I put in the right disc***. However, the story continued and presented itself as a puzzle revolving around the word "Rosebud."

As more and more clues were presented, I began to feel sorry for Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles). In the end, the missing piece of the puzzle is given to us, the viewer, and only us.

***There was another disc called The Battle Over Citizen Kane, but that is a documentary of some sort.

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During my first viewing, I fell asleep from the end of Scene #15* ("Susan Alexander") to the beginning of Scene #22* ("Singing Lessons"). I did, however, catch "I'm gonna send you to Sing Sing!" during Scene #17* ("Love nest confrontation"), but only to fall back asleep. After finishing the movie, I watched the scenes that I missed.

Unfortunately, after watching the movie, I read parts of the Wikipedia page on Citizen Kane and my opinion on the movie was heavily influenced.

It was, however, a good movie which was only interrupted by my sleeping. In particular, it was interesting to have a movie told in flashbacks, especially after recently watching the LOST finale (last Saturday) and Memento (2000). While flashbacks were part of Season 1 of LOST, and Memento wasn't exactly dealing in flashbacks, each approached traditional methods of its own genre in fresh ways, as Citizen Kane apparently did.

Putting aside what I read about the movie, the movie's presentation was wonderful. In addition, the end of the movie was a surprising one, just don't look through the scene selections if you don't want to ruin the ending.

On a different note, the next oldest movie I have watched is 12 Angry Men (1957) which is still 16 years after Citizen Kane (1941). But it's hard to compare the two. 12 Angry Men takes place in entirely one set and presents itself in a straightforward manner. It also relies a lot more on tension and character interaction. With Citizen Kane, the tension and drama is spread out.

[Haha, Roger Ebert had this to say on Rotten Tomatoes about 12 Angry Men: "This is a film where tension comes from personality conflict, dialogue and body language, not action."]

Overall, I enjoyed 12 Angry Men more. From movies I have logged so far, I would guess Citizen Kane got a 95% and 8.5, i.e., tying No Country for Old Men (2007); but I would place it below The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), i.e., currently fourth top movie.**

[20101206] As of 20101206, the oldest movie I have seen is The Last of the Mohicans (1920) and I've additionally seen various movies made in the 1930's.

[20151020] As of 20151020, the oldest movie I have seen is A Trip to the Moon (1902). It is, however, only 13 minutes long, which is about as short as a cartoon segment.

*The scene selection divides the movie into 31 scenes - with the 31st being "Cast and End Credits."
**[20151020] I'm pretty sure I'm referencing some list I made, but I'm not sure which.

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