Perceiving The Elements Of A Film: Citizen Kane
Orson Welles directed Citizen Kane, a 1940s film. Many say it is one the most important or influential movies ever made. You can still feel its influence to this day. A great theatrical performance is made up of many elements, according to the Greek philosopher. These elements include a well-designed plot, well-described characters, well-crafted language, and music that is appropriate to the tone and atmosphere of the production. Citizen Kane scores high in all these areas. This movie is so good at it that it can even show each of them within four minutes.
The plot is Aristotle’s first component. Plot describes the story behind a movie. Citizen Kane is a film that spends most of its time showing exterior shots and details about the house and surrounding area. This helps viewers get a sense of the place where the movie is set. The camera then moves inside the house and there are several shots that appear to be disjointed. These serve as clues to what is to come. A person looks at a snow globe that falls down stairs and breaks. This scene shows that there will likely be some mystery. The mysterious last words of the man who died are the focus of the movie. Rosebud is a simple and short word that causes lots of curiosity. Welles does a wonderful job with the movie’s plot. The film only introduces two characters who might end up being significant in the story. The older man who dropped the snow globe and the nurse are both introduced. The man appears to be well off, his home is spacious and elegant. It is also clear that the film shows something wrong with him. The introduction to the movie doesn’t give much information about the man. The provided information is a solid start to character development.
The directors are responsible for the thought being communicated in the third section of a theatre work. Everything is shown under a dark light in the first scenes. Some areas in the yard shown before the house is entered are in serious disrepair. The movie’s director wanted to instill fear in viewers by using dark shadows and introducing a new scene.
Next is diction. This refers the dialogue used in a movie or play. This includes both the spoken words and their meaning. Citizen Kane’s first scene has only one spoken word. The movie’s opening clip only contains one spoken word. The Old Man’s word for rosebud is “rosebud”. The word has very little substance, but the way it is said draws attention to its own meaning. Rosebud is spoken softly but clearly as if a man were trying reveal something to someone.
Aristotle emphasized that music and sound effects should enhance the quality of the work. The film’s opening music is fitting. The music has an unsettling tone. This is due to the way the music was composed and the instrumentation. A few times, the music matches the actions on screen exactly. This is the case when the large windows are first displayed. The music changes according to the lighting in the room behind the windows. The lights’ on-and-off sounds can also cause peaks. The music and acting should be aligned with each other to emphasize the windows. The music plays at the same time as the lights go out so viewers can tell if something is going to happen.
Citizen Kane’s landscape is well-suited for this type story. The dark, overgrown yard maintains the mood of the music. The scenery suits the mood. Citizen Kane is a great example of how all these aspects can be arranged and worked together.
Aristotle’s concepts of live action theater remain relevant today. The best movies have a well-written plot. Good writing and relatability are still important for characters. Although the dialogue was brief, it still evokes curiosity which helps viewers become more involved in the movie. Each aspect must communicate the main theme. The story becomes more real for viewers when they are present and well executed.