Citizen Kane: Intrusion Of Privacy Essay

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Chris DunbarProfessor JamesEnglish 101A14 October 2003Citizen Kane:Intrusion of PrivacyThe movie, Citizen Kane, gave its audience many interesting and creative shots and scenes. It was able to tease people's minds and was far ahead of its time as far as special effects are concerned. All of the fancy and amazing shots that the movie has do raise a question though. The camera was able to go everywhere whether there was a character or not. The camera was the sole character that truly had its own unique characteristics. What if the media was actually able to intrude into someone's personal life now as well as it did in the film.The first example of this intrusion of privacy is set in the first chapter of the movie. I call the scene a chapter because scenes in a DVD version of the film are called chapters, therefore I will now call each scene a chapter since I watched the DVD version of the movie. In the very beginning of the first chapter the camera shows an iron fence with a dark backdrop. On the fence in big, bold letters is the phrase "NO TRESPASSING," this gives the feeling to the audience that guests might want to turn back to where they came. The camera only hesitates long enough to read the sign and then proceeds to go over the sign and into the property. The camera then proceeds, without interruption, to Mr. Kane's personal bedroom in his palace. The camera is the only one in the room with Mr. Kane as he utters his last words. "Rosebud" is less read from the lips of the passing man as the camera is so close you can count the whiskers on Mr. Kane's moustache.Another example of the media's intrusion in the film is in the third chapter. After the news reel about Charles Foster Kane's death there is a discussion between the news reporters about finding out what was meant by "Rosebud." The meeting was intended for the reporters only, but the irony is that the camera is intruding on the media. The personal thoughts and opinions, supposedly expressed amongst close companions were being heard by the media listening in on the conversation. If the media intrudes the media, then how will the public be safe from them snooping around?Chapter four gives a great example of the camera moving wherever it wishes without anyone or anything stopping it. The shot begins looking at the "El Rancho Floor Show" sign where Susan Alexander sings at. Rather than just going over, under, or around, the camera decides that it would be a better idea to just go through it. This opens up an entire new discussion; can the media go through walls, doors, entire buildings? Not only does the camera go through the sign, as the rain is pouring down, the camera calmly goes through the glass window on the ceiling of the building and into a room where Susan Alexander is sitting at beginning to start a conversation with the reporter Mr. Thompson. Not only does the camera listen to their conversation during this chapter, but when Mr. Thompson goes to call Ralston, his boss, the camera...

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