Citizen kane has long been acclaimed as a work of genius and endlessly dissected by critics but a mystery still lies at the heart of this masterpiece on the eve of orson welles's centenary, peter bradshaw comes up with his own theory about the film's clinching moment. Citizen kane was one of the first movies to depict the american dream as anything less than desirable as a child, kane is fully happy as he plays in the snow outside the family's home, even though his parents own a boarding house and are quite poor he has no playmates but is content to be alone because peace and.
Film critic pauline kael wrote a whole essay on the subject, clearly stating the troublesome writer was the unsung hero of citizen kane, only to be rebuffed by peter bogdanovich, who defended welles and argued the filmmaker was equally responsible for the magnificent screenplay whatever the truth may be, the facts are. Excerpt from morality and the movies: reading ethics through film citizen kane is one of the most philosophically intriguing films ever made, on several levels daniel shaw is professor of philosophy at lock haven university of pennsylvania, where he is also the editor of film and philosophy, the journal of the.
Part i: citizen welles citizen kane can be approached in several ways: as a film, as an event, as a topic of the times, etc the outline of the story is simplicity itself interest, and lead easily from one thing into another, the devices for illusion being always and necessarily hidden in the natural emergence of the illusion itself.