Friday, December 24, 2010

Citizen Kane (1941)

Citizen Kane builds a newspaper empire and alienates people. Eventually he lives in a big castle. Everybody knows about "Rosebud" and the very, very end of the movie; what I'm less clear on is the rest of it. Isn't it sort of a mockumentary? Does he stand up for some kind of principles but in the end allow them to become compromised? I should know this movie better, and I remember thinking I should be enjoying it better, too. Greatest movie ever made or something—oh, well. I think I remember him yelling at a woman or being told off by a woman—probably both. Citizen Kane, you know so much, but the one thing you never learned was how to love.

This is what remembering Citizen Kane feels like.

1 comment:

  1. You know, I love film, love B&W & the old American noir of the 1940's, I even like this film, but I never got why it's allegedly "The Greatest Film Ever Made". It's mostly a cure for insomnia.