which he has no authority. In effect, the whole story of Kane is being told through flashbacks.

With the use of flashbacks, Welles offers the audience the opportunity to doubt Kane’s perspective. Additionally, flashbacks act like untrustworthy storytellers whose own opinions and interpretations influence Kane’s accuracy because the cast doubts Kane’s recollections. With these particular innovations, Welles leaves the audience with a lot of questions regarding Kane’s character as a complicated man who asks for sympathy. Lastly, shadows plague the people in his Kane's life because he is truly not happy.
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Citizen Kane Directed by Orson Welles; 1941 Starring: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotton, Dorothy Comingore Have you ever wondered what is the greatest movie ever made? Majority of film critics, film historians and moviegoers alike would agree that Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane is perhaps the greatest film ever made. Citizen Kane is presented with Kane’s obituary newsreel, which expresses to the audience his upbringings, purchase of a newspaper, first marriage, political defeat, second marriage, betrayal, and the infamous Xanadu. Of course, the chronic life of a fictionalized Charles Kane is based on the real life newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst. However, what makes Citizen Kane enthralling in terms of filmmaking? Orson Welles uses light and shadow in Citizen Kane to enhance the mood of the film and give the audience a constant emotion of the characters surrounding Kane. Recognizably, deep focus photography illuminated a ground-breaking filmmaking technique in Citizen Kane. Its mastermind Gregg Toland (Director of Photography) placed the characters in frame and created a foreground focus. Having an exceptional ability to combine lighting, composition, and his camera lens, Toland managed to produce the desired effect and showcase overlapping actions. With deep focus photography, the audience has a clear view of space Kane controls and the space over

Deep focus photography: the visibility of four characters in one frame

After one failed marriage, he marries Susan and eventually she is surrounded by Kane's shadow at a high angle shot when she becomes dissatisfied with their lonely life in a mausoleum of a house (Xanadu). The audience knows early on that Charles Kane will never measure up to the man he proclaims for himself. Citizen Kane has influenced generations of filmmakers with its many technical innovations, and Welles' use of stark, and often mysterious, symbolism to depict the human triumphs and tragedies of the very great, but terribly flawed life.

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