Orson Welles ” Citizen Kane” is an awesome movie in all respects. And usually opinions are not facts, they are just opinions of course, but in the case of Citizen Kane, this might be a fact. This movie is a is a 24 FPS piece of art and according to most movie critics, the best film ever made. But to most movie buffs, the reason is not mostly because of the story, but the actual film making techniques is what makes it a masterpiece. Orson Welles directed, starred and co wrote his first movie is part of what makes it impressive. Each scene is carefully assembled and edited by Welles down to the staging of the actors, giving each a message by forcing the audience to see the point of view of the director.
I have chosen one scene for my analysis and that is the scene where Charles Kanes mother gives him up to be sent to the east coast to be educated.
Orson Welles starts the scene off with a younger Charles outside playing in the snow with his sled Rosebud unaware that his parents are going to give him up. This represents one of the few times the character is happy. As the camera pulls back, we then see the parents and the caretaker inside the house. Charles is at the center at first but as they enter the house, the mother takes center stage to signify the important character in the scene, like the staging of a play. This forces the audience to focus on her because this moment is pivotal to Charles life. The father is also mostly in the background and the left to represent how helpless and also how unimportant he is in Charles life. There is a moment where the caretaker is center stage and this represents the person who is now in charge of Charles life, but at the end of the scene, Charles resumes center stage in the background reminding us who the main subject is and also how he is helpless in determining his own fate, like his father.