November 15, 2007

One of the Greatest Films of All Time

"The historian's task is complex and demanding: a single word does not explain a man's life, nor does a newspaper headline, a radio report or a densely composed film frame. All are sources which must be treated with the utmost scrutiny but which taken together can reveal significant 'truths' about elements of the past, truths which are often not what we would like to learn."

Street, Sarah. "Citizen Kane." History Today 46.3 (Mar. 1996): 48. Academic Search Elite. EBSCO. Reeves Memorial Library, Greensburg, PA. 15 November 2007.

Reading Sarah Street's article on Citizen Kane made me wonder about the difference between finding meaning in film and finding meaning in literature. (Or perhaps this is the influence of next semester's 'Books to Film' class with Dr. Wendland.)

Originally I wanted to write about Citizen Kane - I had success with Bladerunner, why not Citizen Kane? Especially when it is (I think) a much more groundbreaking film with a more interesting script.

While this article was interesting and didn't focus too much on "Rosebud" as I feared most critical articles I looked at would - I don't know if Citizen Kane is going to work out for me. My thoughts are running wild in the need for an underdone topic concerning Citizen Kane. (I swear I'll scream before writing about William Randolph Hearst.)

How can one of the greatest films of all times be so limiting?

Posted by Diana Geleskie at November 15, 2007 11:54 AM | TrackBack
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