Citizen Kane

  • Category: Music & Movies
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  • Grade: 89
CITIZEN KANE One of Citizen Kane's main themes was the idea that childhood is lost. Throughout the entire film, Kane was seen trying to recapture his youth. Of course, everyone's childhood is lost. You can never go back and change what happened or what you did. I felt Kane was trying to do that. I feel this theme was brought out specifically in many scenes. The most prominent one in my mind was his last word, rosebud. He was obviously thinking of his sled from his childhood. Another scene that represents lost childhood in the film is the ones with the little snow globe. The cabin in the globe must have reminded him of his mother's boarding house. I think that is one of the reasons he did not destroy the globe as he was destroying everything else in Suzie's room. One technique that I especially liked was the flashbacks. I liked watching Kane's life through the eyes of people who were close to him. I thought it made it more interesting than just seeing it through Kane's eyes. One movie that reminds me of the lost childhood theme is Big, starring Tom Hanks. This is the only similarity I see in the two movies. In the Big, Hanks loses his childhood and wants to go back; I think Kane wants to go back also. My overall reaction to Citizen Kane was favorable. It certainly wasn't my favorite film of all times, but I would definitely recommend it to others.

Citizen Kane
By: Anonymous

In the film, "Citizen Kane" directed by Orson Welles, Charles Foster Kane had built an entire empire around Xanadu. With all of his money, he was never truly happy. He had bought many things for the wives that he had, but they too were also never truly happy. His wives wanted something from him that he was not willing to express, and that was his true feelings. When he was a young child he had been taken away from the things that he truly loved. He loved his mother and being with his friends, most of all he loved sledding. But when he was forced to move away he was expected to grow up quickly and act as how a man would act. His childhood had been quickly been taken away from him. He was taken away by Thatcher, he was to now be his guardian until the age of 25. Then the fortune that his mother had given him would now be his. Since he had moved from his home in Colorado, he started to look for something that would make him happy. He wanted to buy a perfect home in the perfect place he wanted his own Xanadu. He had bought many animals to try and make himself happy. But this did not work even though he had one of the biggest privately owned zoo's in the world. He had married Emily Norton and had a child with her. While he was married to her he tried running for governor but at the same time he was having an affair with Susan Alexander. But when the press got a hold of this information it just about ruined all of his creditability, therefore causing his to not be elected governor. When he was talking with Susan Alexander she told him everything that she always wanted but never got. She wanted to be a singer but no one would really hired her. So two weeks after his divorce with Emily Norton, he had married Susan Alexander. She would soon get everything that she ever wanted. She lived in a huge house and had a theater built for her. But she would also learn that Charles Foster Kane did not express his feelings to her. She would be left at home by herself most of the time putting together puzzles, which symbolized her trying to put the pieces in her life back together. Charles Foster Kane was at work most of the time he owned the Inquirer. He loved being in control of what was printed in the newspaper. But in the beginning he was approached by a man telling him that he was not running the newspaper well because every year they were losing a million dollars. But Charles Foster Kane had replied with well I guess were going to have shut down this place in sixty years, when he said this his attitude seemed to change a bit because he was being a bit sarcastic and in the move you don't see much of that from him. Charles Foster Kane didn't lead the happiest life that he could have. Before he died his last work was "Rosebud" this word was the key to his happiness when he was a child he had a sled and its name was Rosebud. While he said his last word he dropped the snow globe, which fell to the floor. This snow globe had symbolized his childhood, which was when he was truly happy.
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