Citizen Kane ★★★★★

The greatest film of all time. Orson Welles’ 1941 film totes the honor of being considered the greatest film of all time. It tops countless lists of all time great films and is praised across the board. With this an issue arises, often times having titles like these pose a risk in how the high esteem could bring disappointment with the film. Yet as shown with my rating, Citizen Kane was an excellent film that never felt “overhyped.”

Would I say it’s the greatest film of all time? Well... no. In my opinion, I think it is tough to pinpoint a certain “greatest film” out of thousands of excellent film. I can see why the film achieves these praises. Orson Welles utilized many—at the time—abstract camera and narrative elements from film waves like German Expressionism and decided to craft a whole film around it. Citizen Kane did not invent many of the famous techniques but rather refined them into a cohesive motion picture. Some of these elements include: the split-diopter shot, flashback narrative, deep-focus, montage editing and overlapping dialogue. These elements all perfectly blend together and I praise Orson Welles for taking a risk and using all these obscure methods in his first film.

There isn’t much to be said about Citizen Kane that hasn’t already been said. Orson Welles gives a career defining performance. The story of Charles Foster Kane’s rise and fall kept me captivated throughout. The cinematography looks beautiful. Every aspect of the film is pitch perfect.

Possibly the most important film ever made. Citizen Kane is a must watch film and it’s a crime I’m this late to watching the film. Citizen Kane lives up to the acclaim and proves itself as one of the all time greats. 100th logged film on Letterboxd!

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