There are many out there who tell us that Citizen Kane (1941) is one of the best films ever made. As for me not knowing all there is to know about Filmmaking and the array of techniques used, one can by no means get the complete worth of it. Being able to comprehend the setting, light use, depth of frame and basic composition make Citizen Kane the masterpiece it is. It is paramount that we take notice of these aspects as you view the film.
When settling on which of the four parts of the film to analyze, I came to the determination that the lighting and the use of shadows are one of the significant and attention-grabbing aspects in the film. Furthermore, as the film is in black and white it adds to the description throughout the film, more than the other aspects, for me.
The film was very sanitary and effortlessly edited. Both high key and low key lighting techniques were used throughout the film (Belton, 1994, p. 50). This was done to illustrate the different emotions of each scene. I established there were times when there was a certain use of lights used to put emphasis on close up shots of the actor's faces. There are three different aspects I paid attention to during a second screening of Citizen Kane; lighting, use of shadows, and use of lighting and shadows combined to form an intrinsic interest or just to contrast each other.
High- key lighting, which is a high amount of fill light which washes out shadows cast by the key light (Belton, 1994, p. 50), was used often during the film frequently during times of strife or a big change of events. For instance, the thematic mixture between Suzan's operatic manifestation and the different newspaper front pages. This was an important part in the life of Suzan and C. F. Kane. Another example is when Kane loses his campaign for governor. His headquarters was very bright though no one was there rejoicing, also during the fight that Kane and Suzan got into when she told h…