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Leah Prosser Introduction to Cinema Tuesday March 13th 2001 Citizen Kane Analysis Its been said that Citizen Kane is the best film ever made Though without knowing much about filmmaking and different techniques one can never get the full value of it Understanding the setting light use depth of frame and basic composition make Citizen Kane all the more better and great of a film It is essential to take notice of these parts as you watch the film When deciding which of the four parts of the film to analyze I came to the conclusion that the lighting and shadows are one of the most interesting and important factors in the film not only because the film is in black and white but also because it contributed significantly to the description during the film Perhaps more than the other elements for me The film itself was very clean and smoothly edited Both high key and low key lighting techniques were used throughout the film I believe to show the different feeling of each scene I found there to be times when there was a significant use of the different fill lights used to emphasize close up shots of the characters faces There are three different things I decided to keep my eye on during the second viewing of Citizen Kane lighting use of shadows and use of lighting and shadows together to form and intrinsic interest or just to contrast each other Bright lighting was used quite a bit throughout the film Mostly during times of struggle upset or a big change of events Scenes such as the thematic montage between Suzans operatic appearance and the different newspapers this was a big time in the life of Suzan and Charles Kane Another example is the when Kane lost the campaign His office at the newspaper was very bright though no one was there celebrating Upset was also showed during the
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