Yesterday’s post had such a great reaction, I just had to follow it up with this one.
Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane is widely held as the greatest movie ever made. I hate to be the bearer of bad news again, but who ever thinks that is just plain stupid. Here are the top 5 reasons Citizen Kane is a crappy movie (and I use that term loosely).
- Depth of Field. You could sink the Titanic in how deep Wells’ Depth of Field (DoF) is. You would think an auteur like Welles, who’s supposed to know about filmmaking, would know about the importance of a really shallow DoF. Did the word “bokeh” not exist in 1941?
- Static shots. OMG. There are so many boring static shots in this movie. I know they didn’t have Cinesliders, pocket dollies, or DP Sliders back then, but I’m sure they had SOMETHING. So many times he just lets the camera sit there as people move through the shot, as opposed to cool dolly shots. Just lame.
- Clichéd opening. He starts the beginning of the movie with the end. How many times has THAT been done!
- Black & white. This movie would be so much better in vibrant, dark rich colors. Welles was supposed to have been a genius, figuring out how to do all these cools things on set that had never been done before. Yet, he couldn’t figure out how to shoot in color? Come on.
- Terrible ending. Last and certainly not least is that horrible ending. They don’t explain ANYTHING. I won’t spoil it, but you basically have to figure it out. A voice over connecting the beginning of the movie to the end was badly needed.
Filmmaking has come such a long way since the days of RKO Pictures. We filmmakers today have sliders, steadicams, C-Log, S-Log, 10-bit, SxS, dual link HD SDI, and much, much more to make real movies that people actually can understand.
Who’s with me?
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