Reviews and Comments regarding the SPE Nation's Movie Night – "Citizen Kane"

The movie screening of “Citizen Kane” that took place on Monday, March 17th 2014, has been the 4th consecutive such event, and the SPE Nation is willing to turn the movie nights into a tradition!

But we always like to run the extra mile and provide more content! That is why we decided to get feedback from our viewers and have a weekly website post about your thoughts and opinions on the projected motion pictures! Starting next week, all the participants will get a feedback form to write on, and with their consent, the text will be published on our website!  🙂

 

This week, some of us have decided to write a few words about “Citizen Kane”:

 

Adrian Ștefănescu: “Citizen Kane”, stood as a classic movie and many people stated that it is the best movie ever. In my opinion, “Citizen Kane” is indeed one of the best movies I saw.
To begin with, the acting was great; Orson Welles who played Charles Foster Kane did a tremendous job in emphasizing the megalomaniac features of the main character, who was obsessed with the newspaper he owned. Furthermore, the plot is well-structured and has some turning points which could not have been seen coming by any of the watchers, also, the conflict between material interests and spiritual ones is greatly underlined since the main character does not succeed in fulfilling his spiritual goals: when he dies he mutters one word: “Rosebud” which was his “refuge”, this “Rosebud” being his childhood sled which he considers more important than all the fortune and fame he got throughout time.
Secondly, the family life impressed me since he cannot find true love near none of his wives and ends up dead alone in his huge castle, which he build for the fading will of his second wife.
To sum up, “Citizen Kane” is an impressive movie which is worth watching and moreover, the film leaves a great question mark on whether money and fame worth the sacrifice of a good family life?

 

Irene Teodor: Personally, I wouldn’t rank the movie “Citizen Kane” as being the “best movie ever made”, nor do I think it stands among some of the best films I’ve ever seen, but, of course, opinions on art will always be subjective, irrespective of whose opinion it is. I did, however, enjoy the movie, I’ve watched it several times for the amazing acting performance alone.

From a journalist’s perspective, it’s a highly relatable movie, mostly because of Kane’s – initially – strong convictions, in spite of his reasons or outcome, the “Declaration of principles” he wrote when he first started working at the newspaper is practically a summary of the deontological code of journalism and the most important, but rarely accomplished, principle – that is, honesty and accuracy above all. I particularly loved the scene where Kane starts laughing at Leland’s review of Susan’s performance at the opera and insists on finishing it himself in the same exact cynical and critical tone that Leland started it in. Then he fires him and it goes downhill, but the gesture itself speaks of Kane’s own opinion about his wife and about his principles.

Overall, depending on the “lenses” in which you choose to view this movie, you can have tens of different conclusions about this movie and especially about the main character, which is one of the movie’s best attributes. But whatever the final conclusion may be, I don’t think it’s possible to have a passive attitude; You either hate it after the first viewing or love it and watch it fifteen times.

 

Vlad Costea: I don’t think there is anything to say about Citizen Kane that hasn’t been said before. It’s the kind of movie that the public and the critics alike praise and sometimes rank as “the greatest of all time”. That is why I will try to present my perspective on the movie and highlight a few scenes that I found memorable.

To me, the quintessence of the whole media mogul personality of Charles Foster Kane is portrayed during the scene in which, after the opera show where his wife performed, he stands up and applauds frantically. Some of the people in the audience mimic his gesture, but the auditorium soon becomes covered only by Mr. Kane’s applauses. It simply symbolized the way in which a newspaper owner wants and expects everyone else to follow his opinions, and the whole concept of “manufacturing consent” is depicted.

Another scene is the one in which Mr. Kane smashes the expensive possessions of his wife, after being left. However, he finds the snow globe that reminds him of his childhood and holds onto it until the moment of his death. I won’t give away all of the elements of the plot, but it just proves that even to someone who possesses everything in materialistic terms, there are certain objects that despite their price, have an emotional value.

To me, Orson Welles’ depiction of Charles Foster Kane is a strong statement towards the upper social stratum, where the “eccentric” and “flamboyant” personalities are often misunderstood. The narrative that features different points of view – which, to some extent, can be altered by the personal experiences and feelings of the storytellers – strengthens the idea of a great personality whom nobody could ever understand. Needless to say “Citizen Kane” is the kind of movie I would watch at any time (or as Irene put it, ”fifteen times”) and still find fascination in
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