Analyse de Scène Citizen Kane

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00:37:10 to 00:39:30 Charles Foster Kane just start his new job : he is now controlling a newspaper in New York, the Inquirer. He’s with Jedediah Leland and Mr.Bernstein, they are just discussing about the future of the Inquirer but then Mr.Kane has an idea : he’s going to write a declaration of principles. This is the beginning of the desillusion for the spectator who believes in a good Charles. However, the scene is quite intersting in the way it has been filmed, especially in the second part of the extract. When he’s writing his declaration, Mr.Kane is in the shadow when the others are under the light to show that his ideas will never appear in reality. This is also like a funeral for his principles since he’ll never apply them. They are stillborn but the most impressive play with the camera is the one of Leland who is purposely looking at the lens to expliain his feeling to the spectator. In fact, he wants to keep the paper with the declaration on it since he thinks that it could become a treasure. The character is announcing the defeat of kindness at the beginning of the movie so the spectator can enjoy the fall of Charles Foster Kane. There is a sort of intimity between Leland and the ones in front of the screen. Thus, this is one of the most important scenes of the movie because it summarize well the all concept of Mr.Kane : a kind man who wants to help people but who is too obsessed by his own succes and power.…...

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