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Citizen Kane: Film Analysis

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The film Citizen Kane by Orson Welles, opens with a picture of a castle with a windowthat has a light turned on. As the backgrounds begin to change into a closer view of the castle,then a view of the castle from the reflection of the water surrounding it, we are drawn into thewindow as a man falls dead with the last words "Rosebud" coming from his mouth. We are thenbrought through a maze of scenes that reflect one man's journey through life from his childhoodwith an abusive father; to the time he inherits the world's sixth largest fortune.Charles Foster Kane is portrayed in the movie as a man who has everything one couldever want. Whatever he doesn't posess, he tries to buy. Power and wealth to Kane is the definition of success, and although he claims or at least tries to be happy, he truly is not a happyperson. As Kane begins to learn that the things he wants most in life he cannot purchase, so todo the people with whom he surrounds himself with. When Kane ran for governor, he tries touse his wealth to overpower his opponent, Gettys. This backfires on Kane when Getty'sthreatens to use information about an affair Kane had to thwart him from the race. Kane oncedescribed his wife as a "cross section of the American public". These sorts of references provideus with an image of a man that is willing to do anything to portray himself as loving or able to beloved.Kane was truly never able to love someone. He was given everything he ever wanted,and when he couldn't buy something, he tried to create it. When Susan Alexander, Kane'ssecond wife, wanted to be a singer, Kane got her a teacher, and began from there, to create asinger. He built an...

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