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Orson WellesOrson Welles liked to reuse certain elements throughout his films He liked a good deep focusshot He liked low key lighting He liked the grotesque side of life blocking actors in groups ofthree low camera angles and especially pointy bras He also liked to open his movies in a certainpredictable way In Citizen Kane he used the announcer in News on the March to introduce the subjectand main character Charles Foster Kane In The Magnificent Ambersons Welles himself dubs thevoice-over which introduces the life and environment of the Amberson family The Irish Welles serves asa story teller in the beginning of Lady from Shanghai recalling the beginnings of his plight and givinginsight into his character Welles reads the enigmatic parable serving as the basis of Kafka s workThe Trial However in Touch of Evil the viewer can not hear the booming instruction of an announcer noris the primary character revealed or the plot introduced by a Wellesian voice over In Touch of EvilWelles parts with his usual opening style in favor of a much more dramatic method of introduction thiscreates a less obvious yet more intimate initial interaction between the characters on the screen andthe viewer in the seat Foremost Welles s legendary long shot opens the film These three minutes and twenty secondshave many effects upon the viewer in introducing this movie The primary purpose of this shot is toslowly draw the viewer in to the story by limiting the viewer s role in the film he doesn t allow theviewer to actively enter the world of the film Rather he constrains the viewer to simply observe theactions presented without allowing the viewer to get involved in the action After the initial focus onthe time bomb and its intrinsic importance to the plot the camera moves away from the action At thesame point Mancini s score begins providing intrigue and promoting the viewer s interest in the scenesrevealed while through the rhythmic ticking
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