Citizen Kane (1941) IMDb

Categorization

Modernist quest for identity. Mystery, drama, noir.

Subject

A major celebrity dies alone in his vast estate, mysteriously whispering “Rosebud”. A company produces a newsreel about the man’s scandalous life, but the boss insists that the newsreel lacks a good “angle” to wrap it all up. An editor reluctantly departs to interview several people who were close to the fallen tycoon at various times in his life, hoping to discover the identity of Rosebud and revise the newsreel with it. If he finds it, what can it truly signify?

Commentary

An often brutal stylistic experiment. One thing that bothers me is the lack of importance attributed to Kane’s only child.

References here: Flicka och hyacinter (1950), Wings of Honneamise: Royal Space Force (1987).

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