Saturday, October 2, 2010
* I liked this movie because the close bond between the father and son. They both show the true way a parent and child get along. They get into a few arguments together but they still loved each other at the end of the day. Very cute flick, deserves about a A-
This is indeed an exceptional movie. The director strikes an emotional chord with the audience when he portrays Antonio's desperation without having him talking too much. The audience can feel the isolation and loneliness of the man with an austere appearance whose love for his son is also somewhat eroded by destitution. Apart from the adroitness in conveying the deepest feelings of the character to the audience, the movie is great also because of its correct timing. 1948 was the post war period, and what being depicted in the film exactly mirrors what was happening in the society. Among the audience, the group of poor people is likely to sympathize with the character most. The sounds and music in the movie are not forced to make the audience feel nervous, sad or happy. Yet, they come along naturally that somehow the audience forgets that it's the music that creates most emotions.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
With no job or money, Antonio Ricci is trying to support his wife and two kids. Luckily he receives a job hanging posters of Rita Hayworth in the city, but he will need a bicycle. Antonio’s loving wife decides to pawn their sheets for money so her husband can get a bicycle in order to take the job.
The future looks bright for Antonio and his family; they will finally have money to survive. His job is going well and he and his wife are finally able to smile. Then, the unthinkable happens. While hanging up a poster in the streets, a young bold man rides away with Antonio’s dreams and bicycle.
Antonio does whatever he can to find this thief who stole his bicycle. Contacting the police was a waste of time, unwilling to give up and forget because the survival and wellbeing of his family depends greatly on finding the bicycle. So Antonio and young Bruno embark on a long mission determined to find their valuable bicycle. They walk around searching high and low. Finally, they recognize the thief with the bike, they are unable to catch him, but they continue looking for him.
Eventually, they make confrontation with the thief. The young man claims he is innocent and is supported by his neighbors. Antonio and Bruno lose hope. While sitting on a curb outside of a crowded football stadium, Antonio questions whether or not he should commit the crime that was committed upon him. Gathering up the confidence, he steals a bicycle, only to he chased down by the angry owner and a mob of yelling men. After being caught, Antonio is hit and criticized by the men. The look on his face portrays how embarrassed, ashamed, and how wrong it was of him to set a bad example for Bruno. The owner see’s the devastated face and tears of Bruno, he orders the men to release Antonio claiming, “He has enough problems.”
Together, Antonio and Bruno walk home hand in hand with the bluest tears in their eyes. The outlook for Antonio and his family is left unclear and gloomy.
I enjoyed watching the movie because it portrays the real struggles and misfortunes a family endures, but they still try keeping their heads high and hearts strong. Possessions can be stolen from you, but the most importance people in your life will not separated from you. Although, a happy ending is not shown in the end for Antonio, at least he still has the love and support of young Bruno. I think the meaning of the story is life can be unfair, but continue believing and you will find happiness in the most unexpected places.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Ricci and his son Bruno are determined to find the bike that they had purchased, but they always run into bad luck down the road. Ricci finally seems to notice the stranger that took his bike from him in the beginning and tries to convince him to give it back, but there was no luck there either. As Ricci and his son walk on back home, Ricci decides he is going to steal a bike of his own. This turns out to be a wrong decision because there are many people around that stop him from doing so. At the end of the day Ricci and Bruno head on back home with no bike to claim their own.
My thoughts about this movie were positive, because this movie kept me interested about Ricci and Bruno trying to find the bike. There is also the other thought in my head saying: "its a dumb movie, why would you waist your time showing a movie about a man trying to find a bike". But I understand the situation that went through Riccis' head on finding his nike, because this was the only object that could keep his job at the time and he needed to support his family. Being that determined to find your values is a good way to show determination to his son Bruno. There were also some funny parts between Ricci and his son as well. I believe that this is a neat movie to show others when expressing determination and self respect.
Monday, September 27, 2010
For me, as a student this would not be my number one movie pick, because there was not much that caught my attention throughout the movie. I really would not know why this would be picked as a number one movie, but my opinion would be because it was made a long time ago and the fact that it is black & white. Citizen Cane is most likely to be shown by most instructors probably because this shows signs of personal reflections that could be related to most people.
This movie plot would still be succesful in our day and age, writers would still use this plot as a love story. A man who had everything to give but himself, never truly being able to love or connect with the ones who loved him. The public would eat this stuff up. The only difference is a love story in our generation would have an ending to wrap things up and bring closer to the story. In Citizen Kane their was no closure, the movie left a viewer guessing. This is why AFI would consider this movie as an all time great. It could relate and be rereleased, with a couple adjustments and updates in filming production, during any generation. The soundtrack was a little dramatic and tried to force a gasp out of the audience which I personally do not like. I know when something is funny so an audience laughing will just take the humor out of it, just like when I know something is important and suspensful and a dramatic "DUN DUN DUN" tune playing will just anger me.
On a personal level I found the movie boring. I probably was not in a movie mode and never like black and white films to begin with. Life is full of color, so why watch a movie that wont portrait life to the fullest or make it so unrealistic and have your viewers lost in the directors world.
what is the meaning of Rosebud. A person would have different a Ideas what is rosebud. Where did it come from.
In ones mans eye it was something that meant childhood that he left behind and eryn for it back.
This is about a man who loved and hate. When he was a child his parents sent him to Chicago
to do his studies . Through the years his was was kicked out of colleges. Eventually he left life college life and ended up maneging a news paper press. He didn't really want much. Except be a writer.
He was married twice. His first wife was a precedents niece, She gave a son and the fue years later they got divorce and then she and her son died in a cycle accident. The man remarried again to an opera singer. He built her an opera house and she was still not satisfied. Years past thinks weren't working out so the wife lift her husband . When the man died the reporters wanted reflect on his accomplishment on his life one thing the keep popping out was a say. "Rosebud died or a live"!
Know one knew what that was.........
In the very beginning of the movie we see the death of Charles Foster Kane, and his last word was "Rosebud." and he dropped a snow globe.
The rest of the movie is about "what was Rosebud?" We follow a reporter around city to city as he tried to uncover the meaning behind the very unlikely last word of the great Kane.
We discover all abobut his life after coming into his money. He came to run many very sucessful newspapers all around the country. He married two women, one of whom died after their divorce, and the other left him. He was involved in many scanrdrals, and lost all chance of becoming a polotician. None of these seemed to effect him though. Or the begging question of "Rosebud."
After learning all about Kanes life the reporter finally comes to the conclusion that "Rosebud" had no meaning for the man that had everythign and wanted nothing. Nothing could have meant that much to him in the past or present and it was just a word that Kane said.
The only thing that every really effected him in his life, the only thing tht made him who he was the day he died was being taken as a child from his real family to be able to "benefit" from his huge sums of money.
The scene where he was taken away we saw Kane playing on a sled. Enjoying himself like any healthy happy child would be doing in the snow. The last shot we see in the movie is of that same sled. Printed on it is "Rosebud" as if burns in the fire.
The only thing that ever mattered to Kane was the fact that his life was completely different than he thought it should be. He was ripped of his right to have a "normal" life. What would the man who has everythign and wants nothing have that was that menaingful. His forgotten past meant more to him than anything. So that was the last thought on his mind, as he remembered playing in the snow as he starred at the snowglobe.
I can see why the AFI has voted Citizen Kane one of the best films ever. The angles and techniques are stunning. They reflect the mood of each scene just like they should be. A lot of the angles are fantastic for showing thw power of each person as well. I noticed that a lot throughout the whole movie. The person with the most power was always larger in the shot.
I didn't find the plot a "number one" spot polt though. It was good, and set up a lot of future movie plots and such, but it really isn't that interesting in this day in time.
There were ground-breaking things used. There would be one person in focus right infront of the camera and on the other side of the room that person would be just as infocus and the person up close. And the shot that they used for Suzanne Alexander Kanes place that went from her sign and then through it and to the glass-top roof. That was probably the first shot like that ever.
The weather also always relfected the moods. And as the movie prgressed the weather showed less sadness. I'm not sure if any other movies of that time were doing that quite as well as Orson Wells.
Those could be the reasons it is top ten all time. If there was a more interesting plot to go with the imaging I feel it would have earned the ranking. They might have been looking at a lot more details that not every movie hits on.
I would say maybe top fifty movies because it was wonderfully shot and put you in every scene and mood of the scene perfectly. It is too difficult of a decision for one person who only gets one view of the move to make. They have made the decision many years ina row so Orson Wells and the whole cast and crew did something right to get the honor.
We can't get in the minds of everyone. Just like they never could find out the meaning of "Rosebud." It might have explained everything
Sunday, September 26, 2010
The letters of transit first made their way into Rick's Cafe Americain by Ugarte. Ugarte had gained access to the letters by killing two German couriers, and had wanted to sell them to the highest bidder, who would be arriving at the Cafe later. Ugarte had known he was wanted for the murder of the the two German couriers and entrusted Rick with the safe keeping of the letters. Sure enough, he was soon arrested by local police. He later died in police custody without disclosing the whereabouts of of the letters. Rick, the owner of Rick's Cafe Americain, was now also the owner of the letters.
Signor Ferrari, a rival business owner and major figure in the criminal underworld, propositions Rick into selling his Cafe, which he denies. He also suspects that the letters of transit are in his possession, which he discloses to Victor Laszlo. Laszlo was the Czech Resistance leader who had escaped a Nazi concentration camp and wished to escape to Lisbon and then America, with his wife, to continue his work. His wife, Ilsa, had been a former lover of Rick's. Rick and Ilsa were supposed to escape from Paris together, but Ilsa stood him up. Rick had been deeply in love with her and was still bitter toward her for leaving him. Laszlo was unaware of their love affair because at the time he had been detained in a Nazi concentration camp, where he later escaped and hid. During that time Ilsa thought her husband was dead, but later found out he was alive and hiding. Promtly after discovering her husband was indded not dead, she refused to leave Paris with Rick. Rick's bitterness towards her had not depleted over the time the were apart. His bitterness toward her was due to Ilsa not giving him an explanation as to why she left him.
After learning that Rick might have the letters of transit Laszlo meets with Rick in his office. Rick refused him and Ilsa the letters and told Laszlo to ask his wife for the reason. Laszlo never does ask Ilsa the reason, but later becomes aware that there had been a love affair between them.
Accompanying Victor Laszlo's arrival in Casablanca was German Major Strasser. Strasser was to make sure that Laszlo would not recieve the letters of transit. He would do anything in his power to stop it. Captain Louis Renault was in alliance with Strasser, helping him to make sure that Laszlo would not receive the letters of transit. Under Strasser's command, Renault went as far as shutting down Rick's Cafe because of Laszlo's resistance against the Germans, and later arrested him on a petty charge. Renault was not a bad peron, just a corrupt oppertunist. He'd take advantage of situations within Casablanca to help himself and his desires. Such as giving letter of transit to women who would offer him special services.
The young Bulgarian refugee Annina Brandel had gone to Rick asking for help in leaving the country. Although Rick had not given her and her husband the letters of transit, he helped her husband in winning a few hands of poker, which gave them the money the needed to give to Renault. Renault had been less than happy to know that Rick had helped them, which had ultimately taken business away from him. He's rather the services the women offered than the money that they brought in.
Ilsa wanted to obtain the letters of ftransit in order for her and her husband, Laszlo, to escape to America, where he would carry on with is work as the Czech resistance leader. Ilsa would do anything to get ther letters, and he refused. She then threatened him with a gun, but was unable to carry through with her threat, She then disclosed her love for him, and finally revealed why she had left him in Paris. Which finally set him at ease. That rainy day in Paris had haunted him, and now he was finaly at rest, relieving his bitterness towards her. He proposes that he will give Laszlo the letters of transit, which would finally allow him to leave for America, and she would stay with him.
Rick convinces Renault to let Laszlo out of custody in order for him to be exposed and later charged with possession of the letters of transit, and tells him that he and Ilsa would leave for America. When Renault tries to arrest Laszlo as arranged, Rick double-crosses Renault, forcing him at gunpoint to assist in their escape. Rick makes Ilsa board the plane to Lisbon with her husband, telling her that she will regret it if she stayed. Major Strasser then arrives at the airport by himself, he had been tipped off earlier by Renault. When he tries to intervene Rick shoots him. When police reinforcements arrive, Renault tells the men, "round up the usual suspects."
The different discourse communties within Casablanca: Laszlo and Ilsa, Rick and Ilsa, Renault and Strasser, Rick and Renault, Ugarte, and Renault himself, all reveal their reasons and motives in obtainig the letters of transit. For some, the letter were more valuable, and others just a price tag. Either way they all desired the letters, and Rick, probably the most impotrtant discourse community had not gotten what he truely desired, Ilsa.
Charles Foster Kane died in his bedroom holding a snow globe and his last words ever spoken was “Rosebud”. After his death, a group of reporters gather and decide to discover and publish the significance of “Rosebud”.
A determine reporter who knows very little of Kane begins interviewing people who knew him very well. His friends, ex-wife, and servants tell their stories of Kane’s life from flashbacks.
Kane was taken from his home and loving mother as a child to be raised in a seemingly beneficial environment, he grows up to become a respectful man with determination. His rise to fame starts by becoming a famous and wealthy newspaper tycoon which makes him an ideal figure in America. Kane uses his wealth throughout his life to remain powerful and loved by many. Eventually, his success story leads to a failure story. He slowly loses his friends, power, marriages, and dies alone. The reporter does not truly understand the meaning of “Rosebud”, but figures out that it was something Kane lost or was missing in his life.
In the end, when his servants were burning his possessions, the little sled named Rosebud was thrown into the burning flames. I think the sled was important to Kane because it was the last happiness he had while being surrounded by the unconditional love of his parents.
Again, the “No Trespassing” sign portrays the fact that one no could truly understand Kane’s personality and the way he lived his life, they could only assume and remember.
“Citizen Kane” has been considered the best movie of all time. The film was a visual achievement of angles and images that had never before been captured. A good focus of the background and foreground was perfected in the film, for example, the clear shot of Kane playing outside while his parents discuss his future inside. The overall story of “Citizen Kane” was extremely interesting and enigmatic, but I think merely because of the film’s success in creating an iconic precedent it is considered glorious.
Flashing back on Kane’s life with the help of people who were closest to him during his life, the reporter listens to their stories of Kane and their experiences with him over the years. Charles was a happy kid playing out in the snow with his sled, when inside his house his mother and father were signing guardianship over to an extremely rich man so that he could have an extravagant life, something they felt they would never be able to give him.
When he grew up, he decided he wanted to work for a newspaper because he thought it would be fun. He rebelled against the rich man who raised him from boyhood who wanted him to have some boring job that would make him super rich. He always had rebellion in him and was searching for fun in life along with love. In other words he led a fairly selfish life focusing on his needs and not really considering anyone else for the most part. He was married to the niece of the President, had a child with her and the marriage grew cold and bitter to the point that they only saw each other from across the table at breakfast, both of their faces buried in a newspaper. Walking along the street one night, covered in mud from the rain, he met a girl who was to become his mistress. She was young, fun and wanted to be a singer. Kane got her into the singing business and he himself ran for governor. After giving a speech one night, his wife sends their boy off into a cab by himself and as it drives away it’s almost a flashback from his childhood when he got sent away. But then his wife tells him that she’s going to his mistress’s house and that he can go with her or not. He goes with and is confronted there by a reporter and his mistress. The next day the headlines of all the newspapers scream of his infidelity with a “singer”. Kane stays with the singer, buys a huge mansion and an enormous lot of land. She isn’t happy with this life or him and leaves after being bought off all the time and even hit one night when she confronts him for always buying her things instead of really loving her, or anyone.
Kane went through life trying to buy his happiness. He never loved anyone except himself and his mother, which his old friend from the newspaper business exclaims. All he cared about was making himself look honest and getting people to love him. At the end of the movie, nobody ever knows what rosebud is. But when we see the housekeepers throwing things all of Kane’s things into the fire, it closes in on a wooden slay with the name Rosebud painted on it. His whole life, he’s just been trying to gain the happiness he had as a child back.
People who loved the movie would probably value the meaning of the movie which was that you can’t buy love or happiness. To someone who hated the movie, like me, almost everything but the meaning of the movie meant nothing to them. Anyone who hated the movie probably just hated the whole rich, old, selfish newspaper guy aspect of it. For someone who values a good movie with an interestingly good lead character, and doesn’t care for power or strive to be loved by everyone it is hard to relate to the movie and therefore might not be seen as a good movie.
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Charles Foster Kane is dead and the last thing he says is “Rosebud.” What does this mean? What or who is Rosebud? This is the never ending question throughout the whole movie. Kane was a wealthy man and pretty much had everything he wanted. So when he died, reporter Jerry Thompson was assigned to figure out the significance of his last spoken word. Jerry goes on to interview Kane’s wife Susan, his butler, his best friend Jedidiah Leland, the archives of his childhood guardian Walter Thatcher, and his manager Mr. Bernstein. Through what Jerry finds, we learn that Kane was a lonely man at the time of his death. Kane’s mother left him when he was young because she came into the ownership of a goldmine. He was never truly happy ever again than when he was young. Kane’s mother put him under the care of her banker Walter Thatcher. Kane grows up and becomes immensely successful in the newspaper business. Kane gets married, but then only messes up that marriage by having an affair with Susan who he later marries. Kane thought he and Susan were meant for each other, but then we learn that Kane just ends up controlling Susan and forces her what to do. Susan then leaves Kane. Kane is now an arrogant lonely man with nothing and dies. We learn that Rosebud was the name of his sled from his childhood – the only time in his life when he was truly happy.
Citizen Kane is considered to be the best movie of all time because of the advancement it did in the cinematic world. The people who say it is the greatest are in their own discourse community. That discourse community contains film critics, film historians, film makers, and anyone who appreciates film on a higher level than the average person. A teenager wouldn’t say Citizen Kane is the greatest movie of all time because they have probably seen multiple movies just like it. Citizen Kane created new ways of shooting and editing film. Ways that many would imitate from the time it was produced. No film ever had focused shots with multiple things going on in the background, that was Orson Welles and his crew who invented that. Also, Citizen Kane is praised for its context. The way the story was told was original and compelling and nothing like anyone had ever witnessed.
Thompson: No, I don't think so; no. Mr. Kane was a man who got everything he wanted and then lost it. Maybe Rosebud was something he couldn't get, or something he lost. Anyway, it wouldn't have explained anything... I don't think any word can explain a man's life. No, I guess Rosebud is just a... piece in a jigsaw puzzle... a missing piece." http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0033467/quotes
Everybody in the discourse community of those who thinks this is a great movie has one thing in common: They like the drama genre, the way Kane's life is narrated and the twist of the plot. The reporter finds out about Kane's story through Kane's friends and lovers, and each of them offer a piece of his ambitious and selfish life. Each piece was a notable insight that allows the audience to discover a new thing about Kane, such as his thirst for power, his selfishness and his affair. This subtle way of telling a story makes some people fascinated with it. Another aspect of the movie that appears to be attractive to the few of the audience was the twist in the plot. This twist, even though fails to impress everybody, is remarkable to some. It was Rosebud, the name of the sled that Kane owned when he was a child. Throughout the whole movie, the audience seems to forget totally about the sled that Kane was playing with in the snow. Actually, in his life, Kane was happiest when he played with the Rosebud sled, and that is what he remembers when his second wife and his power left him. After all, when good things are gone, people often look back and recall good memories. Rosebud is the best memory he has. This is true to everybody. Some people see themselves in the portrayal of Kane and that is why they love the movie so much.