So I just finished watching this and wow, I did not know what I was getting into.

So I just finished watching this and wow, I did not know what I was getting into.

The black and white film begins with a night shot of a "No Trespassing" sign on a chainlink fence, then climbs up and over, blatantly disregarding the order of the master of the property, to outside a gate with a giant K atop it and a massive castle in the background. Not to be deterred on its quest, the camera continues on to another entrance, crossing a river, going over a drawbridge, and walking up the path to the front steps. Here, the camera pans up to the singularly lit room in the entire fortress seen throughout the venture. The light goes out and the camera switches perspective. We are in the room and see the sun beginning its own climb, an allusion perhaps to the opening we just witnessed. Then suddenly snow, cold dark snow that is falling on a cabin with a playful snowman next to it. What's this? The camera zooms out to reveal a hand holding onto a snow globe. "Rosebud", the mustachioed man's mouth utters. The snow globe slips from his grip, rolls off of the bed onto the floor below and shatters. A woman nurse comes into the room, reflected off the shattered remains of the snow globe's glass, crosses the man arms in front of his chest, and covers him completely with his bedsheet.

That man, as you learn through the course of the movie, was Charles Foster Kane, played magnificently by Orson Welles, on his deathbed. His story, his life's works, and the ups and downs of his journey is biographically dictated by those who knew and were closest to him in life via Jerry Thompson, played by William Alland, a reporter tasked with finding out the meaning of the mysterious final phrase Kane spoke.

  1. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The sets, the lighting, the music, the costumes, the acting, damn the acting!, the story, the camera work, and dialogue were as near-perfect you could achieve in filmmaking as ever I have witnessed before.

    The ending was remorsefully poignant. A man who only wanted to help, love and be loved, being true to himself always, brought down to ruination and ran through the muck for misunderstanding, as giants too big for this small-minded world tend to, and withdrew to his palace, surrounded by the inanimate objects he appreciated, created by geniuses of other eras, that could not harm him further. Men and women, who knew nothing of the true man they worked for or value of what they were holding onto, burning away many a man's legacy like so much garbage.

    10/10

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I liked your review, I might watch but black and white makes my head feel funny

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You're a liar, you knew exactly what to expect from this movie and I know that because I showed Citizen Kane to someone who genuinely had no idea what the movie was about. If you were really going in blind you'd mention how you were fooled by News on the March.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >second scene in
        >DUH YOU LYING

        Come on, really? News on the March clearly showcases the difference between perception and reality, an entire extra layer of subtext being that Kane was in news himself. This is highlighted by the callback to the "No Trespassing" sign scene at the end which now has a difference in meaning behind it after watching the entire film.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Based. The people who get mad when someone likes this kino are pathetic.

  2. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Groundbreaking for its time, sure. Overall, boring sentimental trash.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      This is your brain on social media and goyslop

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        A pitiful man such as yourself is not worth insulting.

        You are trying way too hard to get old men to like you.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Take a break from TikTok and Reddit, zoomie

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            t. chud

            • 2 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              t. chud

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Fail.

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Aids.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      A pitiful man such as yourself is not worth insulting.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      [...]
      You are trying way too hard to get old men to like you.

      t. chud

      Fail.

      kys asap

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >boring
      yay.
      >trash
      nay

  3. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    How bout Citizen Brain and he's just sucking everyone off?

  4. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Great post. Great movie. What film comes close to this one?

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Psycho. It's an even better movie.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Avengers Endgame

  5. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I watched about half of citizen kane a year ago and it was just constant cringe ass-kissing in one scene after another. terribly boring movie.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      You tellin' me porkies mate? I ought to turn ya ta brown bread.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >watches the rise and skips the fall
      >"wow what a bunch of ass kissing!"

  6. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Overrated shit that film school drop-outs fawn over to signal their refined taste

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous
  7. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I found it quite dull, and I generally like old movies.
    Casablanca and M are more able to live up to their hype, imo.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Casablanca is gnomish propaganda.

      That's the second post of mine you deleted, you stupid worthless piece of shit garden gnome janitor/mod. Fuck off and do something about actual threads that should be deleted, like this one,

      [...]

      you absolutely fucking worthless failure of a human being. 9 months in your mothers womb, however long you've been on this planet, and this is how you devote your time? have a nice day.

  8. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    [...]

    No shit, it's a Hollywood movie.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Not all of them are though.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        that's what they want you to think

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Lord of the Rings isn't.

  9. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Third best Orson Welles movie.

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