Books: 2/52. Movies: 28/365: Citizen Kane
Apparently this is the American Film Institute’s favourite film, and at first it is difficult to see why, the story (that doesn’t have a conclusion) is just a bunch of man trying to find out what “Rosebud” means and then when he doesn’t know, he just walks away like he doesn’t give a shit, it also seams outdated and a bit confusing. But, after a lot of deep thinking you realise that this is genius, Rosebud has nothing to do with anything, it is just an excuse to tell Kane’s life story and what a story. Then we find out that most of these actors have never been in a movie before. Then we find out that it was written, directed, produced by one man (Orson Well) who also stars in it! Then you start to think about your favourite part of the film and you realise that all of your favourite bits are your favourite because of the cinematography. Mine is at the end when all of Kane’s hoardings are laid out across the screen and they look like a panoramic view of New York or something. It’s really genius that one man can be effectively be a master of using a camera and of how theatre sets work (because that is what made this film achieve all of the tricks if you think about it the layers and stuff) and all before he was 30! I know genius is an over used word but out of all the creative types that have been called genius he must be in the top 5… either that or a fucking magician.