Comparison between Kes and Citizen Kane Cinematography

Citizen Kane and Kes are fundamentally different films. Kes, a very British film, depicts a northern mining town in England and Citizen Kane tells a somewhat different story of North American capitalism and greed. Because they are telling such different stories at different times they differ hugely in their visual styles. The camera feels almost part of the story in Citizen Kane, shots through windows, from behind half opened doors and through key objects make you acutely aware of the characters and their locations. In Kes however the scenery and the location are used as a backdrop giving a representation of the hardships of mining towns so the depth of field and space depicted becomes so important. You always feel close and involved during CK but Kes is told from a distance or a further step back. Both work beautifully for their individual narratives.


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