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“Mr. Kane was a man who got everything he wanted, then lost it.”
Between the suggestions to feature more “serious” movies and the current political situation, it seems the time might be right for another viewing of Citizen Kane. The photographer in me gets giddy over the lush full-spectrum black and white tableaux, but the film features spectacular writing and performances to accompany the gorgeous cinematography.
Everyone knows the story of a thinly disguised William Randolph Hearst done up as Charles Foster Kane. Brilliantly conceived and played by Welles, Kane tells the story of the newspaperman and his climb to fame and power using newspapers as the vehicle of his ascent. Ultimately, his naked ambition and pursuit of power at the expense of personal relationships and human kindness leaves him alone, bitter and paranoid.
Spoiler alert: Rosebud is a sled. And in supreme cinematic style, viewers are let in on the secret, while nobody in the film has any idea what the old man is muttering about. As the camera lingers on the Rosebud branded sled, burning in the incinerator, it then turns upward, to reveal smoke, nothing but smoke, slowly diffusing into nothing.
And anyone reading this who wonders why we might be interested in this film at this particular juncture? Well, let’s just say you haven’t been paying attention to the be-robed magnate, wandering the halls of his mansion, alone, nobody but his fears and paranoia to keep the darkness at bay. “Rosebud,” indeed.
We’re going to be screening this stunning and unique film at the Piermont Public Library, Friday March 3rd, at 7:30 pm. FREE FREE FREE. Do join us, won’t you?
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