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From Mr. Welles himself: The most basic of all ideas was that of a search for the true significance of the man’s apparently meaningless dying words. Kane was raised without a family. He was snatched from his mother’s arms in early childhood. His parents were a bank. From the point of view of the psychologist, my character had never made what is known as “...


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Citizen Kane was incredibly innovative, for a number of cinematic techniques (both pro-filmic and technical). The depth of field you are referring to is the first use of Deep Focus, or long focal range. If you actually type 'Deep Focus' into Google, the first images that come up are of Citizen Kane, such is its fame: Notice how Charles Foster Kane, as a ...


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I can't think of any reason why, or even how, Kane and Bernstein would use an intentional fall as a way of helping to seize control of the newspaper. If you're looking for some meaning of that moment, to me it accentuates the relationship between the three characters of Kane, Leland, and Bernstein. When the trio arrive at the newspaper, Kane and Leland are ...


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The script actually reads: There is a terrific crash at the doorway. They all turn to see Bernstein sprawled at the entrance. A roll of bedding, a suitcase, and two framed pictures were too much for him. The commotion happens just after Kane states that "I don't know my plans myself...As a matter of fact, I haven't got any. Except to get out a ...


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He wasn't alone. The butler Raymond was there and heard him...but he wasn't shown on screen. Script "That "Rosebud" - that don't mean anything. I heard him say it. He just said "Rosebud" and then he dropped that glass ball and it broke on the floor. "He didn't say anything about that, so I knew he was dead - He said all kind of things I couldn't ...


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Amazingly, the internet is right about this one. ;) There are some other theories floating around about the symbolism behind this (a prevalent one is that this screeching pet bird flying away is superimposed over Susan, a bad opera singer, when she 'flies the coop' because that's how the shocked and bitter Kane imagines the situation). But Welles really has ...


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I will never forget watching this movie (an epic in every sense of the word) in a high school film class way back when in the 1980s. Our teacher explained, in a sentence, that Rosebud stood for the innocence that Kane had taken from him. He wasn’t able to enjoy a childhood like most children do, and Rosebud represented his lost youth.


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He mentioned rosebud three times... The only three times he didn't get what he wanted. After being torn from his mother, he had the original rosebud moment. He swore he would be in control of his actions from then on, and was always in control of what happened from then on, even in the world. Thus the newspaper. Even when blackmailed by the boss, he made his ...


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