Sunday, 27 February 2011

A-Z #44: Citizen Kane

You can pick up hundreds of DVD's for a round-pound each - it doesn't matter. Its never about quantity, its about quality. A-Z is my way of going through my collection, from A-Z, and understanding why I own the films ... or you can tell me why I should sell 'em

#44 - Citizen Kane 

Why did I buy it?

C'mon - this is The greatest film of all-time. This is according to Sight & Sound, Cahiers du cinéma 100 films, Kinovedcheskie Russia Top 10, Romanian Critics Top 10, Time Out Magazine Greatest Films and Roger Ebert claims it as "the greatest movie ever made". It was also the double-disc edition which I found for £4 in Oxfam - this included an incredible documentary hosted by Barry Norman as to why it is deemed so good.

Why do I still own it?
I have watched it multiple times and it truly is a masterpiece. In terms of what is fascinating about watching it now - Orson Welles performance as Kane during multiple different points in his life, the story that is hinged on what the term 'rosebud' means - this 'revelation' is as important (if not moreso) that Luke finding out who his Dad is in The Empire Strikes Back.
On top of this, this film combined multiple cinematic elements which, nowadays, is taken for granted. Deep-focus, special effects, impossible zoom-in's and obscure camera-angles all feature in this film. If this was the only film in your collection, you would be content (Obviously, you would really need to visit the shop soon and  buy more DVD's).

Maybe everyone is wrong - and it is crap... therefore it should be sold. What do you think? Do you rate Citizen Kane so high?

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