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Analysis Project #2: Formal Analysis.

     After watching the movie Citizen Kane(1941), I’m falling in love with the director “Welles.” There is no doubt that he is one of the greatest filmmakers all around the world. He knows effective ways of camera movement for express each scene. Therefore, I’d like to analysis the movie again.      It is a controversial and […]

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     After watching the movie Citizen Kane(1941), I’m falling in love with the director “Welles.” There is no doubt that he is one of the greatest filmmakers all around the world. He knows effective ways of camera movement for express each scene. Therefore, I’d like to analysis the movie again.

     It is a controversial and never ending question what the most important purpose in a valuable life is. The answer could be divided into big part for material wealth or emotional fulfillment. In a capitalistic society, people constantly want to accumulate more material wealth and power which is their purpose in life. Life in capitalistic society is focused on increasing private property, gaining honor and appearing prosperous, especially for man. Because everyone think that this is the social role for man. 

     In the film Citizen Kane (1941) depicts the negative effect of capitalism, in which society is humanized. In the movie, the main character “Kane” is the symbol of the dehumanized man and individualist in a capitalistic society, also it is the symbol of maleness.

     His second marriage is the best description of how he controlled his wife. He is got married with a singer “Susan.” He wants to make her into a famous opera singer. He establishes a big opera house for his greed for a part of honor, technically not for her. Susan is just a kind of tool as his ostentation.

     Even though she has not the talent for singing, she has to play the part for him. She becomes an object of ridicule and it makes her exhausted but he does not care. She complains to him the career is not what she really wants. She may wants to be ‘wife’, not the career as a famous singer. She doesn’t know how she can stop it.

Finally, she tried suicide and then he allowed her to stop singing at the opera house and let her stay at his big castle. The castle, Xanadu, was established through his ostentation. The consequence is that Susan was stranded at home.

     The conversation scene between Kane and Susan at the living room of Xanadu is what I want to concentrate on. In the scene, Susan is described as a part of his collections, such as a piece of art or statue. In contrast, Kane is described showing off his wealth and power.

     According to these all, films generally depicts man which controlled woman’s life and woman’s does not doing many things for herself.

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Kyoung Jin, some really perceptive comments about gender, but I was hoping you might have framed this more directly in response to the question (which I presume is about the male gaze). It would help to see more concrete examples about how the gaze functions in these scenes….

1    Amy Herzog December 20, 2011 5:14 am

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Analysis Project #2: Formal Analysis.

     After watching the movie Citizen Kane(1941), I’m falling in love with the director “Welles.” There is no doubt that he is one of the greatest filmmakers all around the world. He knows effective ways of camera movement for express each scene. Therefore, I’d like to analysis the movie again.      It is a controversial and […]

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