Cinematography – Citizen Kane

It is such an enormous undertaking to talk about the whole of Citizen Kane as a cinematic project, it is regarded as one of the greatest pieces of cinematography ever. On watching it I find it amazing that such modern techniques are used, it really was ahead of its time. A POV shot is used within five minutes of the start of the film and sections of the opening sequence are cut very quickly together. Silhouette is used to great effect, they wore such fantastic hats in those times and lighting is used so cleverly to highlight this in a number of memorable shots. When filming in black and white lighting is so important, the constant use of rays of light and shadow show how meticulously each shot and was timed and planned.

Opening sequence from Citizen Kane


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