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  • Dec 13, 2006
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This movie is very over rated and if produced today, it would seem rather humdrum. I believe that this movie is as famous and/or popular as it is because of how the film was made, rather than content itself. Allow me to explain, Orson Welles had a heck of a time bringing his vision to the screen. He faced production problems and funding issues and other thorns in the side. Once he was able to finish the film and the end product was like nothing done before, it was and is placed on a pedestal. However as far as the film itself, it is so boring and insipid. I can care less about a politician who is searching for his inner child and the demons of his past.

This movie was made several years before World War II; FDR was the president at the time and was rather very popular with the masses. Does this mean that society back in the 1940s really cared about the ups and downs of a politician? Consequently, many people could careless about FDR and perhaps politics in general. Perhaps this explains all the hang ups that Orson Welles ran into during production of "Citizen Kane". Take this notion of empathy ten steps forward, the majority of society in American today don't care about politicians. Oh I think society cares about politics and the incumbents that drive the machine. However, I don't believe that society cares about the demons and/or inner child of politicians that emanate behaviors and vetoes. Society today is a bit more self-centered than that. Just present this notion "Rosebud or relief on taxes".

I'd like to backtrack to the production grapples that Orson Welles faced when he was making Citizen Kane. Just because he had a hard time making this movie doesn't mean that the film is great. So Orson had some troubles making this movie, big deal. Productions woes don't constitute a great movie. If this were the case Ed Wood's "Glen or Glenda (1953)" would be a cinematic masterpiece. Ed Wood had faced many of the same cumbersome issues during the production of "Glen or Glenda" that Orson Welles faced making "Citizen Kane". Nevertheless, "Glen or Glenda" isn't remembered for its astute aesthesis, it is remembered as a campy B movie. Which in some ways is sad, the content of "Glen or Glenda" touched gender identity disorder and transvestite issues. At this point in time, during the 1950s, this subject was very taboo. However, Ed Wood had the courage to pull it off. In comparison of pushing the envelope, "Glen or Glenda" is more memorable than "Citizen Kane".

I believe there is a cluster of movies people love because they are instructed so by "film buffs". "Citizen Kane" as well as "2001: Space Odyssey" (which was also a hideous and over rated movie) fall underneath these requirements. Yet if someone states that they dislike either the former or latter, they are crucified by "film buffs". Also people who proclaim they are "experts in film history" know that any type of slander against "Citizen Kane" or "2001: Space Odyssey" is heresy. I know a great deal of film history and did plenty of film/video work both professionally and in college. Despite my "declared" endeavors, I still think that "Citizen Kane" sucks, so I guess I'm not a cookie cutter. Whenever someone states they are an "expert in film history" it is just euphuism for "my opinion is better than yours and you don't know any better."

"Citizen Kane" is a slow moving film, with flat characters, especially the main character. I couldn't careless about anything that happened in the movie. I totally hated "Citizen Kane" and think this film takes too much attention away from other classic films. With respect to these "so called classics" (i.e. "Citizen Kane"), it really does seem that many people assimilate the views of others, rather than using their own critical thinking skills to develop an opinion.

Here is a list of some classics that are far superior to "Citizen Kane"

1) Gone With the Wind
2) Psycho
3) Breakfast at Tiffany's
4) The Seven Year Itch
5) Scaramouche
6) Casablanca
7) Suddenly Last Summer
8) North by Northwest
9) D.O.A (1950)
And last but not least
10) Glen or Glenda

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Citizen Kane is a 1941 American dramatic film and the first feature film directed by Orson Welles, who also co-authored the screenplay. It was released by RKO Pictures. The story is a fictionalized pastiche of the life of William Randolph Hearst and Welles' own life. Upon its release, Hearst prohibited mention of the film in any of his newspapers. The film traces the life and career of Charles Foster Kane, a man whose career in the publishing world is born of idealistic social service, but gradually evolves into a ruthless pursuit of power. Narrated principally through flashbacks, the story is revealed through the research of a newspaper reporter seeking to solve the mystery of the newspaper magnate's dying word: "Rosebud."

Citizen Kane is often cited as being one of the most innovative works in the history of film. The American Film Institute placed it at number one in its list of the 100 greatest U.S. movies of all time in 1997 and again in the revised list of 2007. In a recent poll of film critics and directors conducted by the British Film Institute, Citizen Kane was ranked the number one best film of all time by both groups.

The film opens in a night setting on a vast palatial estate, on which the sign "No Trespassing" is posted. We are in Xanadu, and witness the last word spoken by enormously wealthy media magnate Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles). He utters the word "Rosebud" while holding a glass globe of a snow scene, which ...
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