Citizen Kane Speech Scene Significance In Citizen Kane, the scene of his speech is easily considered one of the most important scenes in the entire film. I think that this scene really does a good job of establishing what kind of person Kane is and how he will rise to power. The purpose of this scene is to show that Kane as an incredibly powerful and influential individual who will stop at nothing until he reaches the top. This scene achieves this by setting a certain tone by using pacing in relation to tone, by using compositional elements and by using dialogue to further emphasize the tone. The main thing that this scene is that is establishes a tone for not just the scene, but for the whole movie. The scene’s goal is to establish a powerful and dominant tone for Kane and everything he does. One way it establishes this tone is by using certain pacing. In this scene, the film includes a variety of different length shots and dialogues. It includes many short shots of the crowd’s reaction and some longer shots of Kane explaining his key points. I noticed that there would be a few short shots and then a long shot and then a few shorter shots. I think the pacing was very fitting and added to the overall effect positively. I think the choice to have longer shots and not cut when Kane is demonstrating the most vital points of his speech makes him seem more powerful. For example, shots 11, 14, and 16 are longer to make sure Kane’s points are uninterrupted and received as confident and powerful. The next element used to emphasize the tone of this scene is through the use of compositional elements. How the characters are placed and how the camera is manipulated have a great effect on this scene. For instance, throughout his entire speech, there are encouraging government officials behind Kane on stage always cheering after everything he says. This idea is also used when the crowd is shown cheering for Kane. The use of these shots and arrangement of characters gives a feeling of great power to Kane because the crowd is reacting very positively. In this scene, there are also a low angle shots used to demonstrate Kane as powerful. Another important use of compositional elements is in shot 17 when Gettys is shown leaving looking defeated with the huge crowd off in the distance. This scene shows the audience that Kane will without a doubt win and take down Jim Gettys and that the voters are behind his cause. Another thing that I noticed is that in nearly all the scenes Kane was shown front and center as the main character of the shot, which helped to establish his dominance. The last key element used to establish a powerful and dominant tone for Kane is the use of dialogue in the scene. Nearly all of the dialogue in the scene is spoken by Kane and all of it is…
reaction to the film Citizen Kane is that this was an interesting movie which introduced many different styles of photography. Throughout the first half of the film, I particularly liked how I noticed the similarities between Charles Kane and real life entrepreneur William Hearst. I really was captivated in the beginning of the movie as the newscast of Charles Kane had described his life and accomplishments after he passed away. This movie made you feel connected to Charles Kane by focusing on his…
The movie Citizen Kane is about an extremely wealthy newspaper monger, Charles Foster Kane that lives in an enormous palace like domain called Xanadu in Florida. The movie opens with Kane uttering his last word “rosebud” and dropping a snow globe on the floor as he dies. Jerry Thompson, a reporter from a newsreel visits many of Kane’s closest companions in order to find out what rosebud, his mysterious last word, actually means. Thompson attempts to talk with Susan Alexander, Kane’s…
27 August 2013
A lot of filmmakers think that an emotive movie is a good movie. Which I disagree with, I do not see making people feel sad or happy as an impressive or difficult accomplishment. But in the case of Citizen Kane, rather than a cheap tug at the heart strings we see a man’s journey into darkness. It's rare that rather than exploit ones feelings with a climactic sadness, that we are drawn in. In Citizen Kane we experience a detailed, believable journey…
Professor Martin P. Gigler
May 2, 2013
The classic masterpiece, Citizen Kane (1941), is probably the world's most famous and highly rated film, with its many remarkable scenes, cinematic and narrative techniques and innovations. The director, star, and producer were all the same individual - Orson Welles (in his film debut at age 25), who collaborated with Herman J. Mankiewicz on the script and with Gregg Toland as cinematographer. The film was a big…
between one’s personal integrity and material ambitions.
Through Kane’s moral deterioration, Welles attacks the monetary values of the American Dream, arguing that the pursuit of wealth results in the sacrifice one’s of one’s ethics and integrity.
Kane is initially characterised as a noble man through his characterisation of youthful determination, accompanied by bright lighting and his declaration “It is… my pleasure to see the decent hard-working people of this community aren’t robbed blind by…
Film Studies 140
11 October 2014
Casablanca versus Citizen Kane
The history of film is a relatively new subject area, approximately two centuries old. Therefore, trying to determine a film to take the title "greatest movie ever made" proves to be a difficult task. After all, innovations in films are still being made today. However, we can find the greatest innovations in film's early years, like in the movies Casablanca and Citizen Kane. These two films are often thought to be the best ever,…
April 16, 2014
The Judicial Branch is a branch of the government that is separate and independent, but also has checks and balances to make sure other branches as well as their own are staying in line. Within this branch there is the Supreme Court consisting of nine members, one Chief Justice and eight associate justices, whose power is judgment. All judges are appointed for life and have original and appellate jurisdiction, but majority of the…
Citizen Kane is a film about an investigation into the newspaper giant Charles Kane. A
reporter has been assigned to decode Kane’s dying words. His investigation into the
newspaper giant reveals a very confusing man who rose to power from insignificance.
Although the reporter is digging through Kane’s past life and interviewing his Colleagues and
his family he feels that he will not be able to break through the mystery that is Kane and the
1. In the film…
Citizen Hearst: A Comparison of William Randolph Hearst and Citizen Kane
Orson Welles was undoubtedly one of the most talented filmmakers of his time. Along with the innovative camerawork and advanced cinematic techniques that made Citizen Kane a success, Welles also allowed for viewers to connect with his film by providing them with a real life example of the main character. Citizen Kane owned a massive estate called Xanadu that was based upon Hearst's San Simeon. Kane and Hearst were also…
Mise-en-scene is the principle by which a piece of film will derive its meaning wholly from what happens in the single shot and not from the relationship between two shots. For example the director might include shots with various composition, angle, depth, movement, and lighting.
Citizen Kane has many good examples to show Mise-on-scene usage. The scene that I believe is the most significant and powerful mise-en-scene that I have this seen this semester exists in this movie. This occurs when…