Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane
Citizen Kane

In life and in death, newspaper tycoon, Charles Foster Kane, is a force to be reckoned with. When he utters “Rosebud” as his dying words, reporters from around the world become obsessed with finding out the meaning behind the simple phrase. As they try to find out who or what Rosebud is, Kane’s life from his humble beginnings to the pinnacle of his success as a newspaper magnate are scrutinized. Here are a few movie mistakes to look for while watching the 1941 classic “Citizen Kane”.

∙ Kane has hired the renowned men of the Chronicle to work for his newspaper, the Inquirer. During the party afterwards, Kane is shown sitting down for the festivities. A girl puts a hat on the head of the man sitting next to him. In the front view, the man to Kane’s right is wearing the hat. In the following back view, the hat is gone. The hat returns and another view from the back shows the man taking it off. Kane then puts the hat back on him.

∙ After they find out about Kane’s engagement to Emily Norton, Bernstein and Leland are looking out of the window with Ms. Townsend. During the scene, the way Bernstein and Leland are standing changes between the front and rear views of them.

∙ There is a confrontation in Susan’s apartment with Gettys, Kane and his wife. Kane is arguing with Gettys as he’s leaving. During the close-up of Gettys as he’s walking down the stairs, Kane is in the background. In the first shot, Kane can be heard yelling but his lips aren’t moving. The second time around, Kanne’s lips are out of sync when he’s talking.

∙ Near the end of the movie, there is a big picnic at Xanadu, Charles Foster Kane’s estate. During the view of the roasting pig, old/archived film footage is used as the backdrop. This is noticeable by the peculiar “birds” that are flying in the background.

“Citizen Kane” (1941) was directed by and starred Orson Welles. Also starring was, Agnes Moorehead, Ruth Warrick, Joseph Cotton, Dorothy Comingore, Ray Collins, and Paul Stewart. It runs 119 minutes and is rated PG due to intense scenes.

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