Citizen Kane

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CITIZEN KANE One of Citizen Kane's main themes was the idea that childhood is lost. Throughout the entire film, Kane was seen trying to recapture his youth. Of course, everyone's childhood is lost. You can never go back and change what happened or what you did. I felt Kane was trying to do that. I feel this theme was brought out specifically in many scenes. The most prominent one in my mind was his last word, rosebud. He was obviously thinking of his sled from his childhood. Another scene that represents lost childhood in the film is the ones with the little snow globe. The cabin in the globe must have reminded him of his mother's boarding house. I think that is one of the reasons he did not destroy the globe as he was destroying everything else in Suzie's room. One technique that I especially liked was the flashbacks.

I liked watching Kane's life through the eyes of people who were close to him. I thought it made it more interesting than just seeing it through Kane's eyes. One movie that reminds me of the lost childhood theme is Big, starring Tom Hanks. This is the only similarity I see in the two movies. In the Big, Hanks loses his childhood and wants to go back; I think Kane wants to go back also. My overall reaction to Citizen Kane was favorable. It certainly wasn't my favorite film of all times, but I would definitely recommend it to others.

Citizen Kane By: Anonymous In the film, "Citizen Kane" directed by Orson Welles, Charles Foster Kane had built an entire empire around Xanadu. With all of his money, he was never truly happy. He had bought many things for the wives that he had, but they too were also never...