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CITIZEN KANE THE ESSAY

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CITIZEN KANE

Citizen Kane is a film that was produced and directed by Orson Welles in 1941. He was born on 6th May 1915 in Kenosha (Wisconsin) and died on 10th October 1985. He is regarded as one of the greatest directors of films. He worked in film, radio, and theatre. Citizen Kane was his first film. His presentation of troop variety shows in the years of war made him a lifelong magician. Two British Film Institute polls voted for him as the greatest film director. The Telegraph UK included him in the list of the 50 greatest Hollywood actors (“Orson Welles”).

The music in Citizen Kane was composed by Bernard Herrmann born in New York in the year 1911 and died in 1975. Herrmann mainly composed motion pictures. In 1934, he joined CBS as a staff conductor and later became the music director. His collaborations with director Alfred Hitchcock made him famous in films such as Vertigo, and other films such as Cape Fear. He also composed scores for many TV programs, radio dramas and fantasy films (Herrmann and Smith)

At 0:30-1:17, the music is calm at first and then varies slightly as the conversation changes. Their feelings are calm and hence the music playing is also calm.

At 1:18-2:00, the tone of the music rises and falls at a high speed. This happens when both Charles and his wife are in an argument. The high tone represents the current environment during their conversion which at this scene is full of tension.

At 2:00-2:38, there are mixed feelings where it begins with a calm environment. The tone of the music then rises again, especially when Charles raises his voice during the argument.

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