Monday, September 27, 2010

One Word: Was it Dandelion?

You can't summarize a whole life on just one word. Especially a life as filling as Charles Foster Kane. Reporter Jerry Thompson had to look into the details of Kane's life to understand that just one word couldn't sum up the extremely impressive and lengthy life of Charles Kane.
In order to determine the meaning of Kane's last words, Thompson decided that he would interview the people that were closest to Kane. He started off by interviewing Kane's second wife, Susan Alexander, who refused to speak with him. He then went to the private archive of Walter Parks Thatcher. Thatcher had been Kane's guardian during his childhood and adolescence. To his dismay, there was no information in the archive of rosebud. He then interviews Kane's personal business manager Mr. Bernstein, and then Kane's best friend Jedidiah Leland. He then goes back to Susan Alexander who finally speaks with him. Then, he speaks to Raymond, the butler at Xanadu. If anyone had information to offer about rosebud, it was him. None of them deli ever information about rosebud.
Although none of the reporters interviewees couldn't provide information about rosebud, they were able to provide information about Kane's life. His paper was who he was. He gained the trust of people and then would take advantage of them for his own personal gain, whether it was his readers or those who knew him personally. He was a selfish person, and even more insulting was that he was unaware of his selfishness. There were plenty times were his selfishness was exposed. When Jedidiah had sent him back the town up check and the declaration of principles. When Susan said that he didn't love her, he loved her to love him. Those were just a few examples exposing his selfish soul.
Rosebud meant to him a childhood, something that was taken away from him. It meant his mother, and the love he had for her, and the love that he didn't get from her, or get to show her. The snow globe was just like the little house he and his parents had lived in. He was taken away from all that to be shown a better life. But his life was not better. Rosebud symbolizes that life he didn't have, if he had had it, he'd have the ability to love others, not just himself. Immediately after being taken away to live with Thatcher until the day he died he showed resentment. Rosebud was actually a sled, just a sled. But for Kane, the sled was the love and childhood he didn't have.
The greatest movie of all time? I think not. It was a movie that made me think, and I was half expecting Rosebud to be a secret lair filled with treasures. Not treasure that had value to you and I, but value to him. He had always had everything that he ever wanted, all the treasures of the world was at his disposal. I knew it meant nothing to him, so I figured that they're would be a few things that did. Sure it was his childhood sled, but it was given to him by Thatcher. By the way he treated that man I thought something like that had no value to Kane. It was a symbol of his childhood, that he didn't have but meant so much to him.
I think the better title for the movie would be best movie of its time. Not all time. During that time a movie like this would have blown minds, and it did. It was nominated for nine different categories for the Academy Awards, and had won an Academy Award for Best Writing.

1 comment:

  1. Wow. Remember, summary's are supposed to be shorter than the original works ;-)

    But where's your explanation for why the AFI Discourse Community places it at the top of their Top 100 greatest films?