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Old 10-12-2016, 12:38 PM   #17921 (permalink)
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What exactly was so appealing about it for you?
The cinematography is outrageous throughout the whole movie and Kane is a fascinating character. It's not a plot driven film but that doesn't make it bad.
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Old 10-12-2016, 12:42 PM   #17922 (permalink)
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The cinematography is outrageous throughout the whole movie and Kane is a fascinating character. It's not a plot driven film but that doesn't make it bad.
That's somewhat my issue with it; it just seemed to be well directed segment after well directed segment plodding along at an asinine pace. The characterization is great, and the build ups are well placed, but overall nothing really captured my attention.
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Old 10-12-2016, 12:46 PM   #17923 (permalink)
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The cinematography is outrageous throughout the whole movie and Kane is a fascinating character. It's not a plot driven film but that doesn't make it bad.
I just remember being bored by the whole damn thing. Cinematography is cool and all, but appreciating a movie for its technical achievements is Chula-esque, and the acting in general was the same type of pre-70s stuff that turns me off to a depressingly large amount of old movies, so I really can't appreciate how fascinating a character Kane might be as the way he talks annoys me.
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Cinematography is hardly even a "technical achievement" because it's right in front of your face. How the movie looks is hard to ignore.
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Old 10-12-2016, 12:56 PM   #17925 (permalink)
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Cinematography is hardly even a "technical achievement" because it's right in front of your face. How the movie looks is hard to ignore.
Yeah, it's basically the prose of a movie, but I can read a book with relatively unimpressive prose but with a good story and a lot of heart, while I'd be bored stiff by a beautifully written book that had nothing much else going for it.
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There's a place for both (CK has heart out the ass though).
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I really didn't like Kane the first time I saw it about 10 years ago. I gave it another shot a year or two ago and it blew me away.

You definitely have to look past some of the more dated elements of it, but if you can the story of Kane is haunting and epic.
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There's a place for both (CK has heart out the ass though).
If it's a visually impressive movie, like Gravity, then cinematography is already going to be the star, but in a character-driven movie like Citizen Kane it takes the backseat for importance. And like I said, I kind of hate old school acting, so I doubt I'd appreciate the writing of Citizen Kane regardless, as I'd be too busy telling myself that the way they were talking was just the thing back then and I shouldn't hold it against the movie.
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If it's a visually impressive movie, like Gravity, then cinematography is already going to be the star, but in a character-driven movie like Citizen Kane it takes the backseat for importance.
It is and can be both.
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but appreciating a movie for its technical achievements is Chula-esque.
Why thank you.

There was movie making before Citizen Kane, and then there was movie making after Citizen Kane. That alone makes it epic. Wells was only 25 when he made it, had never directed anything prior, and had never worked in Hollywood. He went into it as a blank slate and pretty much made it up as he went along.
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