Thursday, July 12, 2007

Why is Citizen Kane so Highly Acclaimed?

Sherrie and I watched Citizen Kane the other night, wondering what all the hype was behind it. It took a little bit for us to get into. Overall it was a good story of how power and wealth can in no way guarantee success, prosperity, and happiness.

Charles Foster Kane is repeatedly reminded throughout the movie that he doesn't know how to love people, you can't purchase love and you can't expect people to love you if you don't know how to love them. Orson Welles did a great job as Kane, but no better than Jimmy Stewart or Cary Grant or any other actor that's been in a movie of equal or greater quality in my mind.

However, the great acclaim probably comes because it debuted in 1941 and supposedly did some amazing things with sounds and other filming affects. I still don't think that this should qualify a film to be the greatest Hollywood has ever produced.

1 comment:

Lindsay said...

I have wondered the same thing for years. After taking the intro to film class at BYU and consequently being told over and over (and over and over) that Citizen Kane was absolutely the best movie ever made and being forced to watch it several times, I have questioned what all the fuss is about. It's fine with me if people want to say it's the best movie of all time, but I'd really appreciate it if someone would explain their reasoning for this. It completely puzzles me.