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Film Noir And German Expressionism In: "Batman" And "Citizen Kane"

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In the films, "Batman" (1989), directed by Tim Burton, and "Citizen Kane" (1941), directed by Orson Welles, there are many Codes and Structures of German Expressionism and Film Noir. The films show these through the institution of the American family, masculinity, history of colonialism and colonization, and Film Noir and German Expressionism.In the film Batman, the institution on the American family is similar. This is because Alfred (actor Michael Gough) would be acting as Bruce Wayne's--also known as Batman--(actor Michael Keaton) father figure. Alfred would be like the father because he guides Bruce through life, since Bruce's real father was killed, along with his mother. Batman's girlfriend in this movie, Vicky Vale (actress Kim Basinger) would represent his wife since they love each other so much. At the scene with the very long dinner table, Bruce Wayne is sitting at one end of the table and Vicki Vale is sitting at the other end, which are a couple meters apart from one another. Bruce realizes that the table is ridiculously long and asks if she wants to move to a smaller table, and she agrees. This shows them getting closer together, and Bruce getting closer to being able to tell Vicki that he is Batman with Vicki's trust that she will not tell anyone.In the film "Citizen Kane", the institution of the American family is both similar and dissimilar. The beginning is similar at the beginning of the movie when Charles Foster Kane (actor Orson Welles) was a child and he was a regular kid having fun. He has a father and a mother that he lived with. Charles' parents thought it would be best for his if they let another man raised him that was wealthy so that he would not be living in poverty. This is when Charles Foster Kane's family starts to become dissimilar to the institution of the American Family. Kane is left with a family who does not love him as much as his real parents, and as a result, he grows up not knowing what a real childhood is like. He also does not know how to have a family because he treated his wife with no respect.The film "Batman" treats masculinity by making Batman as a strong, fearless, powerful man who fights evil. His costume shows muscles that are very chiseled and defined. He also knows how to treat a woman with respect. Joker, however, is a man who is fearless and thinks that he is powerful, but actually his men are fighting the battles for him, which is a weakness. Joker also does not treat woman with the respect that they deserve.The film "Citizen Kane" treats masculinity by showing Charles Foster Kane as a powerful man who knows how to treat a woman with respect at the beginning half of the movie. As the movie progresses, Kane has an affair with Susan Alexander. His wife finds out that he has been...

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