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Orson Welles epic Citizen Kane is not only of the greatest movies ever made but also a good example of Hollywood style direction Welles employed his creative tools such as lighting and sound camera movement and editing a movie that did not only represent the theater world of its time but also set an example for future generations of filmmakers and directors Some of the striking stylistic elements of Citizen Kane include its expressionistic use of lighting its dizzying variety of camera angles and movements its range of camera positions from the extreme close-up to the panoramic longshot its use of wide angle lenses and deep focus to create scenes of a three dimensional background and its inversion of the common setup shot versus close-up shot sequence Some of the scenes that I think best illustrates each of these stylistic elements for example the use of lighting in the news room scene the low angle shots employed in Kanes post-election headquarters the close-up and extreme long shots during Kanes political campaign speech the deep focus photography in the Kane boyhood cabin sequence the editing scene in the famous breakfast sequence involving Kane and his first wife and the special effects in the first interview with Susan Alexander Welles utilizes the camera specifically the camera angle to skip time when he presents altering shots of Charles and his wife at the dinner table from the same angle back and forth each of them aging rapidly with each new shot Regarding camera techniques it becomes obvious that the usage of different angles is highly important to the director Citizen Kane uses a variety of different settings and objective lighting that overwhelms the audience Welles abundant use of detail which is distracting at times engulfs the viewer The Zanadu with all its paintings and statues portrays the wealth of the newspaper tycoon but at the same time its high ceilings and endless space show the loneliness
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