Citizen Kane (1941)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Biography of Charles Foster Kane – a selfish and arrogant millionaire maverick media mogul from the perspective of 5 different people.
2) The story, non-linear screenplay, cinematography, sound-editing is way ahead of its time.
3) Some iconic shots – the election campaign speech sequence is astonishing.The sequence showing Kane & Emily at the breakfast table as their love fades away with time is amazing.
4) Citizen Kane – The Wolf Of Yellow-Journalism – correctly predicts the influence of mass media conglomerates in future
5) Make-up & set-design: some ground-breaking achievement in these departments

 

 

Cons –
N/A

 

 

Quote –
Charles Foster Kane: I don’t think there’s one word that can describe a man’s life.

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The Third Man (1949)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) A perfect film-noir. The editing and cinematography is out of the world. However,a pinch of Casablanca can’t be denied.
2) The climactic sewer chase. Pure cult.
3) Final scene – the tragic theme – the open ended finish – the longest walk – the cold heartedness of Anna analogous to the falling leaves of autumn.
4) The first appearance of Orson Welles as Harry Lime – The character was well developed before he even appeared.

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

Harry Lime: In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love – they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.