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The other two plays…

OK. Both Oedipus Rex and Two Gentlemen of Verona were bad. Thats it bad. Oedipus almost had me up until the very end, which was a little sad, but wasn’t climactic at all. Same thing with Two Gentlemen, crappy ending. In both cases its almost like the playwright got lazy in my opinion. In Oedipus, they get you hyped up, like your going to learn Oedipus’ fate, and then the play just ends. I don’t like getting cut off before the action. Other than that, Oedipus had a lot of talking, and going around in circles and almost at times became hard to follow because it seemed like all the dialogue was running together. overall I didn’t like it it was confusing and not very straight forward in its storyline.

As far as Two Gentlemen goes, c’mon Shakespeare, what the hell is that. This was one of the worst Shakespeare plays I’ve ever read. Actually I think its the only bad one I read. This play is so stupid, the storyline is dumb, and the ending is dumber. The only redeeming thing is the comedy routines throughout the play. I like the shoe being the clowns mother. But the worst part of this play is the ending. Its almost like Shakespeare got tired of writing it or was late on handing this play into his publisher. The ending feels slapped on. Its almost like this,

“If I can’t have your girl, I’ll rape her.” P

“Your not my friend.” V

“I’m so sorry.” P

“I accept your apology.” V

I mean what kind of ending is that. I really didn’t like this work by such a great writer.

Death of a Salesman

When I had first been assigned to read death of a salesman, I thought it would be a disappointing, slow read. Even though I was familiar with the Dustin Hoffman version of the movie, I didn’t think the play would be very good because it wasn’t a film, and I didn’t think it could communicate like a film. I was wrong. At first the play starts off really slow, and if it had been a personal book, it would have flunked out after the ten page rule, but because it was homework, I continued to read. After we got to act three, the play really started to surprise me, the emotion that was put into this play was almost overwhelming by the end, especially the funeral scene, because it made me feel bad for Willy, even though he was an asshole. The man clearly loved his family, and friends, but we just see at the end, the small broken down group of people, the people who really loved him, standing over his grave wondering why he had to die.

Bonnie and Clyde

Well well well, where do I begin with this movie. Bonnie and  Clyde is like a 1930’s version of Robin Hood. And although quite entertaining I’m not sure how accurate the movie is. It starts off with a beautiful Bonnie looking out her window and seeing someone tinkering with a car outside. She looks at him through the window, her naked body being blocked out by a window shade opaque enough to block detail bu see through enough to give an idea. After running downstairs to investigate the presence she learns his name is Clyde, Clyde Barrow. After a quaint little conversation on their way into town, Clyde tells her he was in jail, and cut off two toes to get out of work detail, and states he is still badass. To prove himself he shows her a gun, which she says he is too chicken to use. So like any good man would when a beautiful woman challenges his masculinity, he runs into a store and robs it and now from this oint on, Bonnie and Clyde are on the run. by themselves, its more like  a comedy sketch than a serious pair of bank robbers.The guy robs two banks. One which is dry, and he walks away with a dollar and ninety-eight cents. The second, which has been closed for months, and he gets nothing. So they decide to call it a night.This is the first instance we see Clyde struggling with his masculinity as he seems uncomfortable with Bonnie making advances on him. He shuts her down and refuses to speak to her till the next day when they went on the road again.

At this point we meet the first member of the elusive Barrow gang. A young mechanic named C.W. fixes Bonnie and Clyde’s car after it is damaged, and Clyde asks him to join up., saying that skills like his were necessary, plus he could be a getaway driver. the boys eyes light up with excitement when he hears the sounds of fame, and being an outlaw, and instantly decides to accept. So the Barrow gang is born, and here comes bank robbery botch attempt number three. C.W. the getaway driver decides to pull his car in and parallel park down the block where no one could see him. Now the problem here is that no matter how well the robbery goes, if you can’t find the getaway car, it is hard to get away.  Durring the getaway attempt, a man (i think he is either a bank teller or manager) grabs a hold of the side of Clyde’s car. After an unsuccessful attempt to shake him off, Clyde shakes him off with a gun, and now they have gone from bank robbers to murderers. After a day or so hiding out, and after they are discovered by and evade a Texas Ranger, they decide it is too dangerous in the south, and they decide to go to St.Louis because no ones looking for them in the north, and they meet up with Clyde’s brother and wife. His brother is all for being a part of the Barrow gang, and his wife is just a pain in the ass. Bonnie becomes homesick so they take her home to see her mother.

The scene where Bonnie sees her mother is odd. It is shot in twilight which almost gives the scene a dreamlike state. And there is lots of foreshadowing, like the child rolling down the hill, flopping around like he had been shot, and Clyde and one of the children building what looks like a grave with flowers on it. Bonnie’s mother does not approve of the two being together and makes it known with a cold deep stare. I love the lighting in this scene because it almost makes you feel like you left the horrible world of crime they were in behind and took off to a kind, loving place only to be banished back out again.

After this, everything goes downhill for the Barrow gang. After another robbery, the law instantly catches on to them, and they decide a night raid might be the answer to catching them. Yet again though, the law fails to catch the gang, and looses a pair of cops too. And the Barrows are on the run again. In addition to being on the run again though, Clyde’s brother is shot. After running through the woods they finally can set up camp and give medical attention to the injured. But lo and behold, the cops have set up a trap in the morning. When the Barrow gang wakes up they are met with a hail of bullets from all around. They attempt to escape in the car but the car gets riddled with bullets an they have to bail. The police are smart though and they shoot up the other getaway car. Clyde’s brother is gunned down while trying to escape, and his wife who was blinded by a bullet and glass to the face when the other car was shot up is captures. Bonnie, Clyde and C.W. escape and go to C.W.’s place for shelter.

After this scene we see the Texas Ranger who they evaded talking to the wife of Clyde’s dead brother. She knows where they were going, considering they had discussed the plan with her too, and she snitches. the Ranger takes his newly found informtion and the police go after them again. The Ranger though is smart. He finds C.W.’s father (who doesn’t at all approve of what his son is doing), who helps the Ranger set up a plan to catch Bonnie and Clyde in a trap.

C.W, who thinks he just helped the two escape though by stalling in a hardware store, watches the car drive away into the sunset, thinking his friends are safe.

As Bonnie and Clyde drive away surely towards freedom, they see C.W.s father struggling with a flat tire. They pull over to help him, and a hail of bullets errupts from the bushes killing the two instantly. The Rangers walk out of the bushes, and look down at the bodies. the movie then fades to black and ends without a word.

We at THE REALLY BAD MOVIE REVIEW really liked this movie. It was a great example of a gangster film, and its camera work, suspense and action give it an essence not yet seen in the class. its special effects are good for the time, especially the people being shot, AND it didn’t put me to sleep. This movie gets a 4 out of 5 Jason Masks, and takes a seat with the great classic movies of all time.

Step Into The MOTHLIGHT! (Film Analysis)

Experimental filmmaker and director  Stan Brakhage (1933-2003) has indeed composed one of the most interesting films that THE REALLY BAD MOVIE REVIEW has ever seen. And, shit that is the point of this article. The fact that it’s unique.  “A “found foliage” film composed of insects, leaves, and other detritus sandwiched between two strips of perforated tape.”[1] Yes it’s a film made by attaching burned out insect wings, leaf bits, grass, and dirt (and a few colored in scratchy frames here and there) to film with tape, and then sandwiching those wings, and other debris in between another film strip. That way, the film wouldn’t get damaged, and the debris wouldn’t fall off, and there would be no chance of the stuff catching fire. Now i personally think that this is genius. This film is painstakingly and loving crafted by hand. Each frame was done in its own unique way. The films three minutes long, at sixty seconds in a minute that is one hundred and eighty seconds, at twenty-four frames per second, that is a whopping four thousand-three hundred and twenty frames all done by hand with tape and bug wings. In case you don’t understand that, here is the number of frames in number form —>4320! That’s amazing. For a film one could laugh at just due to length alone, this film almost baffles you when you sit down, and think about how someone managed to do this.

The film (which is as long, or even shorter than how long a typical movie scene is) utilizes color in it’s long three minutes of life, more than any other thing. The color spplotches throughout the film are vibrant and neon, Brakhage almost seems to throw them in there to keep you on your toes. Like you see a splotch of color zip by, glowing amidst the sad wreckage of dead nature, and it’s like a “Woah! What was that?” kinda moment. Once you see it once though, it’s like a drug and you just want more until the trip is over.

Which is what the movie feels like. An ACID trip to be precise. Or maybe shrooms? Some kinda psychedelic trip to say the very least. The color splotches especially. But the foliage isn’t boring. The moth wings, although sad, are no longer left in the bottom of a light bulb, to be forgotten till they become dust. No these wings were destined for greatness. As my secret REALLY BAD MOVIE REVIEW source, Amy Herzog told us in a confidental class meeting… and i do not quote exactly, but it was something along the lines of how when Stan Brakhage saw these wings in a lightbulb cover, he wanted to bring new life to them, it made him feel…bad to see them this way, so that spawned Mothlight. He brought life to something dead. (Night of the Mothlight).

This is definitely one of the best things we at THE REALLY BAD MOVIE REVIEW have ever seen. Not due to length or gore this time but for love.Stanley Brakhage clearly is a man who loves his craft, and we mean loves it. If you follow this convenient link here—>http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0104132/ you can see a list of his three hundred and seventy-three different films, the most famous of which are Window Water Baby Moving (1962),Dog Star Man: Part 1 (1962), and Dog Star Man: Part 4 (1964) and The Act Of Seeing With One’s Own Eyes (1971).

We at the REVIEW praise him (Brakhage) for his work and award him 4.5 out of 5 Jason Masks.

Partial Shot List:

Wing

Grass,Wing

Leaf

Wing Leaf Wing Grass

Grass leaf Grass

Grass Grass Wing

Dirt

Color Splash (Neon Green)

Dirt Wing Leaf

etc…

Sources: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0104132/, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057324/ [1]

The X-Files Seasons 1-9

As far as television is concerned the X-Files has to be the the best thing I’ve ever seen at least on TV. Im not going t go into grandiose detail and long descriptions of each episode because I will be here for ever. But what i will say is that its completely awesome. The acting that David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson alone bring to the table alone is almost enough to completely captivate you, as Mulder searches ever harder and harder for the truth only to be brought to the realization that he will never be able to fully grasp it. And Scully who is the yin to Mulder’s yang. The science to his unexplainable, and together they will solve some of the most bizarre cases thay have ever been thrown at the FBI. Every season is a jewel and every episode is a journey within that jewel. again, one of, if not the best TV shows ever, and this gets a 5 out of 5 jason masks. Watch IT!!! The Truth IS out there.

Change…

Now i know that i promised a review of Psycho, but after seeing it i wasn’t as thrilled by it as I thought I would be, so were gonna make a little change and talk about the experimental films we watched.

Now although they are confusing at points, and don’t seem to make sense… it’s that aspect of them that made them appeal to me. I love horror and thriller and sci-fi movies and that strangeness that they all embody seemed to be present in these expiremental films.

There was the scene from Afternoons where the lady is chasing the strange black form around, and i just sat there thinking to myself
(:0] (this smiley was unintentional btw I knocked the computer over and when i grabbed it this smiley was here)) that thismovie is quite freaky. The girl sees to keep waking up and everytime she does she chases this black figure again who we finally see has a flat, mirrored face. I really like that movie but in specific that character. That character with the mirror face was just intimidaring because its like your seein some sort of reaper, or dead character, but if you were ever to face it face to face, you would see a horrible reflection of your own self.

Another great experimental  film that we watched was the 12 minute documentary about NYC that was shot frame by frame so it looks jumpy and sped up, and this i found to be very cool. Why? Because its almost like you tour all of New York, and see things like a grduation of university students and an extensive walk-through of the Coney Island boardwalk and amusement parks. My favorite part would certainly be the Stillwell avenue station part witht he old subway cars. I have been to the transit museum a few times, and I’ve always found old trains to be cool looking so, I really enjoyed seeing the old dark green subway cars.

Mothlight was another memorable film, i liked this one also. It was merely grass, leaves and moth wings glued onto film strips,a nd then photographed over again. it doesn’t really make much along the lines of sense, but it is very cool looking. sometimes the wings are so detailed you can see their personal colors and shapes.

Overall i found experimental film to be very entertaining and i would reccomend these short stories of the cinema to any movie goers.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Invasion of the Body Snatchers, is a sci-fi/ horror movie from the 1960’s, and one of the reasons it stands out so much, is the fact that even though its special effects are really simplistic, the uses of shadows and camera angles make these things work. These things are the pods that “people” are born from (and those were made out of paper-mache and some soap suds). Ahhhh, isn’t it amazing what you can do with paper-mache and time on your hands.

Overall we at THE REALLY BAD MOVIE REVIEW liked this movie, and stamps it a STAND OUT CLASSIC. In the days of horrid B movies, and sci-fi movies about as realistic feeling as the Atari, Body Snatchers makes its mark by being a really good suspense movie. Lots of lowlight camera angles and shots are used to help bring the effects to life.Body Snatchers lulls you a false sense of security, only to slap you in the face with a stunning twist in the middle. After a hectic account from the protagonist of the film, we move into a flashback about how these incidents occurred. The movie seems slow at first with a normal town going about its business, we center in on the character of the doctor who is treating a child who seems to be fear stricken. The child, refusing to believe his uncle is in fact his uncle, finally convinces his grandmother to take him home with her, and the doctor agrees, helping the child’s cause.

All of the sudden his ex wife or another divorcee (I’m kind of unsure of this) comes into his office. He is overjoyed to see her, so we assume she’s an ex of some sort, and they get into conversation, and he gives her a ride. Curious as he drives along the road and noticing little things are out of place, he turns to her and begins to talk to her about these small oddities.

Curiosity now peaked, he goes to see the uncle himself, and upon finding that nothing is wrong dismisses it as nothing. Just an overactive imagination or  something along those lines. He goes home and “has sex” with his ex and then we cut to black and a storm outside. Later that daythe doctor leaves the office after arranging a dinner date, jolly as can be, with of course his ex from the night before. Upon arrival there the doctor notices the first weird thing is that theres no one going out ot diner. The doctor questions the bartender about it an the bartender tells him attendance ha been decreasing since the other day. The same day that the boy had tolsd the doctor that hisuncle wasnt actually his uncle. Then the phone rings. Its an urgent call from his friend who demands  that the doctor comes over immediately. Upon arrival, the doctors friend tries to explain to him  the situation at hand and what he had found. He explains he found a body, but not just any body, he found his own body. Baffled by this the doctor demands to see, and upon seeing states there is such striking resemblance between the two thats it almost uncanny. perplexed and fearful the doctor leaves to go get help, but when no one answers their phone he speeds back to his friends house.

The next day is business as usual for the most part, until they see whats going on outside. Im not going to ruin this for you so well skip ahead, but it is deduced they can get you when you sleep. REEL LOST. CONTACT MANAGER.

Another discovery had been made, this one even more important than the last. PODS! yes pods his friend proclaimed. The doctor sees the pods, and calls for the FBI and military in Los Angeles. After no response, he confronts his friends, who decide they will catch up with them when they run. No response from LA or Washington must be a problem, duh, so its time to get the hell out of dodge.

The couple drive until they can drive no more. Then they run in an epic chase scen through the Hollywood hills, the couple finally hide in a mine. The doctor dose his best to keep the girl awake, but she falls asleeep and has her body sntched like the rest of them. The doctor is chased by the group until he hits the Los Angeles freeway where he begs people to stop because the world is ending, and blah blah blah.

Seriously though the acting is really good as is the movie. I haven’t reviewed it with the new ending, but the original. In the new one proof is found  that he’s not nuts.

I Would give this a 4 out of 5 jason masks for awesomeness.

Coming Soon…

Special Double Review of “Body Snatchers” and “Psycho”  Zombies, Brief review of the X Files Seasons 1-9 as a collection

Umberto D. A Depressing Realization of Real Life

Recently The Really Bad Movie Review was able to view a film of the Italian Neo-Realism category, known as Umberto D. Umberto D. is set in the time period after the fall of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and Imperial Japan. Basically set durring the reconstruction period of Europe after WW2. This movie, is one of the most depressing and sad ventures I have ever expierienced, yet it was strangely good.

When first getting down and dirty with this movie, I thought to myself, “What the hell could possibly make a movie about a guy whos poor and struggling to survive, good in any way, shape, or form?” The movie seemed like it would be a droll, sad look at an individuals life, and it would bore me to death. Although I was right in some aspects I was wrong in others. The movie was about the rather depressing life of a man, a retired civil servant named Umberto D. Ferrari (Carlo Battisti).

The movie begins durring a protest march for better pensions from the unions. Its a peaceful march, nothing violent, and nobody seems to care. People walk past this protest, buses drive through it parting the crowd. Its all as if these people don’t exist. The elderly trying to scrape by are depicted as nobody. They’re unimportant to the rest of the world, and even to eachother. As the mob is dispersed by the Italian police force, we seea small group of elderly gentlemen, (our protagonist is the one with the dog) run into an alley to take cover from the police dispersing the crowd. An old man makes a quip to the nearby Umberto about how the pensions being low is unfair, Umberto agrees with him, and presents him with a watch, saying “Its only 10,000 marks,cheap compared to the 20,000 marks it cost.” The man immediately rejects his company, which starts to become a recurring pattern in this movie, such as the scene after this where he tries to sell his watch to a man making conversation with him. The man lies about where he lives and walks into a building, only to come out again 3 seconds later and advance down the street.

Umberto has no friends except for one person. We meet her in the next scene. She is the maid in the house of Umberto’s cynical, spiteful landlady Antonia Belloni (Lina Gennari), and her name is Maria. (Ironically she is played by an actress named Maria Pia Casilio) We soon learn Maria is pregnant from one of two soldiers who reside in the army base. Neither one wants to admit to being the father of course, and this just intensifies the problem for her more.

We learn shortly after this that Umberto is in debt to his landlady, owing her 15,000 marks. To make matters worse, she threatens to kick him out. umberto is now scrambling to come up with cash to pay his rent, a scenario that may be familiar to some people. He finally sells his watch, not for the hoped for amount of 10,000 marks, but merely 5,000 marks. After collecting his money he goes home and collects some valuable texts which he goes and sells to a book store. The book store owner only offers 2,000 marks for their very high value. After a fruitless attempt at bargaining for a higher price, Umberto accepts the money, and takes his collective 7,000 marks, and tries to bargain with her4 to save his home. He gives the money to Maria, and tells her to propose this bargan to the landlady. Maria returns with the money and tells him Antonia says he either has to pay all the money or nothing. She won’t accept bargains from the old man, just all the money at once.

After another day of trying to make money, Umberto trys another ploy to get himself taken care of. He takes the thermometer from the maid and heats it up so he looks like he has a fever. After he asks the maid to get him an ambulance, and he is picked up by the medics and escorted from the house. We see Maria and Antonia as they look on as Umberto is carried out of the house, and we almost see a look of worry on Antonia’s face, but of course that brief glimpse of compassion leads to nothing.

Umberto makes his way to a charity hospital set up by the church in Italy, for those who can’t afford medical treatment. Upon arrival, Umberto meets a con man, who teaches him the ropes of how to stay in the hospital, and suggests that he ask the nurse for a rosary, so she’ll think that he’s a god loving individual, and let him stay. He does so, and winds up staying at the hospital for about a week  On the day he’s discharged Maria comes to visit him too, with no good news about finding out who the father is. Umberto promises to  confront the men about her problem.

Upon arriving home from the hospital Umberto learns of Antonia’s plans to renovate the house, considering she’s been proposed to, and Umberto is now out on his ass regardless of what he dose. Learning then that his dog was missing too, he embarks on a franttic journey to find his precious Flick. He arrives outside the dog pound and goes through a whole ordeal trying to get change, no one will break his 1,000 mark bill, so he goes on to buy a 50 mark cup, which he immediately smashes on the ground and accepts his 950 marks as change, and collects his Jack Russell Terrier. He returns home for one final nights sleep in his bed, and wakes up early the next morning to pack his things. At around the same time, Maria is awoken by a cat. She watches the cat for a few seconds, and then gets up and goes about preparing breakfast. She sits in the dark kitchen grinding coffee, and hears the door open as Umberto makes his way out of the house. She rushes to talk to him and after a few moments he bids Maria a final goodbye, and leaves with Flick.

In a rather depressing final scene, Umberto tries to give Flick away to first a dog sitting home. But when he sees the conditions, he instantly changes his mind. He then tries to give him away to a little girl who loved to play with him in the park, and this doesn’t work either. In a final desperate attempt at peace Umberto goes on to nearly kill himself and successfully scares the shit out of his dog at the same time, so badly that for a short moment Flick wants nothing to do with him. After Umberto finally gets Flick to return to him, he walks away into the “sunset” with him, for one of the bleakest, “happy endings” I’ve ever seen in my life. It  actually made me feel worse, because it was so out of place. Its a groaner ending you know, the one where your like, ugh, really? Or you just think wow, thats in bad taste. But the really bad movie review will give this 3.5 Jason masks out of 5. Good flick, sad ending.

Citizen Kane – A Scene Analyses

“Rosebud”. The quote that inspired a whole story about a man and his legacy.

In most of the reviews i have done or will do i will thoroughly discuss whats going on, but here its better that its left to be a mystery, Although not a suspense movie in the typical sense, this movie very much so works off suspense. In fact the whole movie leaves you in suspense with the word rosebud the whole time.

Citizen Kane utilizes camera shot, and angles, and structural designs never before seen in the cinema industry. This is what I will be briefly discussing this time around.

Orson Wells and eccentric, experimenting camera man Gregg Toland, deliver an interesting set of camera cuts and angles never before used in that time period to capture Kane on film.

The most memorable of these would be the fade in/out shot from the beginning where “Rosebud” is first mentioned. As we are introduced to Kane’s Xanadu, we see the side of the castle (grandiose, intimidating), as if we are standing at the farthest gate. All is dark around the castle. We see a light behind it (most likely the moon), and a shadowy outline of the castles intimidating form. But look closely here a single light shines from a window in the upstairs area of the castle.

As the shot fades away we are now brought up to a higher angle and can see the window in a much better fashion. The light seems to explode from the darkened castle as we creep closer. The light illuminates the darkened areas around the window and we can see the intricate detail around the window. Ornate sculpture put there by Kane to show his love for the fancy. The glow pulses out and as it starts to become mesmerizing we cut to the next shot.

We are now perched outside the window, looking in. A single light glows, a reading lamp perhaps, over a bed. We see what looks like legs under a blanket, and a bed. The window itself is even ornate the fixture itself carved from stone. Suddenly the window goes black, only the moon casts a shadow on the window now. Faint, pale lines cast across the surface of a stone Goliath. A pause, and the light comes back up.

We are now inside the room through movie editing magic and expert lighting tricks such as fading the light out on one side of a scene and having it come up on the other. Then you splice them together and voila you have a beautiful, and stunning cutaway scene. This is what I’m talking about. The fantastic camera work of Gregg Toland. Shots that made this movie a disliked piece of work in its time, things that made it taboo to movies, are what render it stunning today. Its actually unnerving because when the light went out I didn’t know what to expect. One minute we were outside then, BAM, right in the room. As we focus in we see the light, the moonlight coming in through the window lighting Kane’s deathbed.

We cut from that scene to a snowfall. White and mysterious. Nowhere in specific. The snow is heavy and beautiful falling in giant white flakes against the black sky.   The snow fills up the lens for about 1-3 seconds and then we fade in to a little house. The house doesn’t seem to be anywhere in specific but it seems quaint. A tiny cottage, like something you would expect to see on little house on the prairie. The snow is falling all around the house softly and majestically.

All of a sudden the house falls back as the camera zooms out sharply. We see the house is not an actual house, but a house in a snow-globe. This snow-globe rests in Kane’s hand. We see the fingers slowly twitch. The snow-globe shifts position ever so slightly, then another abrupt cut.

We see an extreme closeup of Kane’s mouth. Kane utters his final and iconic last words…”Rosebud”. Kane, the tyrant that he had become, lay dead on a bed covered in white, making us briefly think of his childhood sorrows, and the man he once was, almost a symbol of forgiveness maybe. White is a pure color afterall, it represents good. As he finishes the word, the snow fades in and blends over the whole picture as we cut away from Kane’s mouth to the snow-globe rolling out of his hand as he dies. The snow continues to blend in with the picture. The snow-globe hits the edge of the bed and falls. It bounces down 2 carpeted steps and meets its fate on the stone floor of Kane’s Xanadu. We see the snow-globe shatter in an extreme close up, and then cut over to the nurse in a fisheye lens shot. We see her approach and enter Kane’s room.

We are now t the head of Kane’s bed and we see the nurse most of her face obscured by shadow, fold Kane’s arms over one another, (moonlight providing the only light once again) and slowly draw the sheets up and over Kane’s head, ever so slowly and coldly, and then we fade to black.

These are the first of just a bunch of interesting camera shots utilized by this movie to give it feeling and dark emotion. Plenty of shots are done with low light, and shadows being cast. These invoke a lot of feelings of mystery and suspense throughout. Low angle shots were used to help fill the camera with activity and props even if space didn’t allow it. This is the genius of Orson Welles and Gregg Toland. To turn water…into wine.  These effects added to the realism, by allowing Wells to have scenery constructed with full, or partial ceilings constructed on them. This allowed for rooms to look like they were a natural size and allowed for the sets to look more realistic. No giant painted walls because the frame was too big.

Full of interesting cinematography, and a suspenseful, deeply emotional storyline, the story of Citizen Kane delivers a well rounded story, with a great use of the cameras and recording. Overall 3.5 Jason masks out of 5. Kane is a winner.

 

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