Sunday, June 01, 2008
Movie review: Citizen Kane
Rated by multiple lists as the greatest film of all time, Citizen Kane is the story of the search for meaning of a dying man's last words. Or the story of the man himself. Or an indictment of tabloid journalism. Or a nose thumbed at William Randolph Hearst.
Either way, the acting is good, the story of a ragged boy growing into a privileged, spoiled, idealistic man, who then grows powerful, manipulative and selfish.
It's revealed through the course of the story that his manipulations, payoffs and whatever altruism he shows are pathetic attempts to buy love. In the end, he dies more or less alone, surrounded by his mountains of material possessions.
It's an object lesson on several levels. The art direction is superb, the direction is good and the performers are good.