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Orson Welles Citizen Kane is a cleverly crafted movie told in a series of flashbacks telling the story of a man who manages to distance himself from everyone he comes into contact with Throughout the film Welles uses mise-en-scene and cinematography both deliberately and subconsciously to point things out and foreshadow things to come to the audience Specifically the relationship of Susan and Kane can be used as an example In the scenes involving Susan and Kane many cinematic effects are used Among them are Kanes dominance and control over Susan and the way Kane exhibits love as power Specifically however we can point to the series of events in which Susan and Kane are at Xandu prior to their breakup Beginning with the scene immediately following Susans suicide attempt and concluding with the scene of Susan slapping Kane we see a masterfully crafted sequence that sharply depicts their relationship and Kanes personality Here we have a perfect example of how deliberately yet discreetly we are given the signal of things to come the slow yet steady decline of their marriage The duration and decline of Susan and Kanes relationship is depicted in a series of scenes in a sequence that begins immediately following Susans suicide attempt with a fade into exterior shot of the massive ominous evil looking fog shadowed Xanadu followed by the interior of the parlor inside Xanadu and then the close up shot of Susans hand working a jigsaw puzzle In these simple shots we are told rapidly and concisely that the marriage is failing The massive Xanadu represents the incompleteness of the relationship between Susan and Kane its followed by the luxurious inside perhaps representing the potential passion or love The close up of the enormous jigsaw puzzle with Susans hand putting in the pieces foreshadows the end to come Kane enters showing how vast Xanadu is and how separate they have become There is a
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