Monday, 9 November 2009

Citizen Kane

Went to see Citizen Kane this evening with Jacob, at the NFT. It isn't my favourite film, but it is undeniably rich. Whereas most movies are concerned chiefly with framing the characters and providing rhetorically neutral background, in Kane the whole frame is full. There seems to be always more than one thing going on or more than one thing to look at in each scene. And of course as with any great work new things are seen on each viewing. This time I noted that the last words of the film are printed on a sign: "No Trespassing", an ironic comment perhaps on the biographer's questionable craft.

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