Citizen Kane

CITIZEN KANE (1941, director Orson Welles; cinematographer Gregg Toland)

CITIZEN KANE is often listed by critics as the greatest film of all time. There are shots and ideas and plot structure that had never been seen before in an American movie (or in any mainstream movie). It was very controversial when it opened. William Randolph Hearst, the newspaper magnate, tried to buy up all the copies of the film, or to get the studio to destroy it. He believed the story was about him. Many people believed the story was a thinly-veiled mocking biography of Hearst.

WRITE 100 WORDS answering these three prompts:

  1. Why do you think so many critics rated this as the greatest film of all time?
  2. Talk about one thing in this movie that you think was innovative (original, not done before)
  3. Talk about a recent movie you’ve seen that uses this same innovative technique that was used in Citizen Kane.

Writing prompts due on Friday.