Few, if any, films in cinematic history can be said to have had the same effect on their viewers as Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane. The groundbreaking film has been revered by critics for its innovation and experimentation with cinematography, sound recording and editing.
In this blog post we will explore 13 innovative aspects of citizen Kane that make it a masterpiece worth revisiting time and time again. The film is considered the first ever “true” American sound movie. It was released in 1941, one year after The Jazz Singer and it stands out for its use of deep focus cinematography.
It broke ground in other ways as well: Citizen Kane marked the first time a major motion picture used an overlapping dialogue plotline, which allowed for characterization to be revealed through speech patterns instead of action or physicality on screen. This innovation created a more subtle cinematic experience that led viewers to pay closer attention to every word being said by actors and actresses alike. This technique would later be picked up by Alfred Hitchcock with his films Rear Window and Psycho in 1954 and 1960 respectively.