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 Citizen Kane

 

Or "Hey Look!  A Jigsaw Puzzle"

Citizen Kane begins with a view outside of a gate which has a sign on it that reads, "No Trespassing".  So what does the camera do?  It goes right through those gates, marches up that insurmountable hill, finds a window, goes through it and gets as close to the lips of dying man as it can and listens to his last words, "Rosebud".  As the scene fades to black, the audience is left in the dark.

 

"Rosebud" is the one clue that newsmen pursue when looking for an angle for their story.  (This is quite ironic since Charles Foster Kane's business was prying into the lives of others.)

Searching for the meaning of Kane's last words is like finding scattered pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, then trying to piece together the tiny pieces to make a whole.

The following scenes depict the theme of obscurity and ambiguity as they are symbolized by a jigsaw puzzle. 

The opening scenes of Kane's Xanadu,

Newsmen discussing an angle for their story on Kane

Introduction to young Charles Kane

Kane's second wife, trying to piece together a jigsaw

Newsmen as they finally give up, while one reporter finds a jigsaw puzzle

The aerial shot reveals relics from Kane's life, which resembles pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.






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The Eyes Have It

 

A Look At Voyeurism Through Film.

 

These Hitchcock clips reveal and examine the audience as voyeur.  In Rear Window, the camera leads the audience past the confines of the protagonist's apartment, into the courtyard, into each apartment window.  The camera then returns us to the apartment.   As we watch Jeffries, we see him watching the courtyard apartments.  When his nurse enters the apartment, she warns him of the dangers of peeking into other people’s lives.

 

There are three scenes from psycho which also examine the theme of voyeurism.  The movie opens with the camera panning the city of Phoenix Arizona.  It seeks an opening; it finds a window where the blind is slightly raised. It and we, the audience, enter a hotel room, where a clandestine meeting between lovers takes place.

 

The next scenes show Norman as he peeks through a peephole.  We watch with him, as we see what he sees.

 

The final scenes show the murder victim looking at the audience, perhaps condemning it's participants for watching .






















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