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Citizen Kane: Scene:
The reporter is in the room with Charles Kane’s ex-wife and the waiter at the restaurant.
The reporter is in the pay phone booth and Charles Kane’s ex wife is grieving
at the table as the waiter stands over her.

  • Framing: LS, long take

reporter who is the man mysterious character is speaking with the Charles Kane
second ex wife. She sits at the closed deserted restaurant, the waiter walks
over to the drunken women and the reporter realizes that he cannot get any
information from her about “Rosebud”. The reporter goes into the phone both,
the voices of the characters fade out and the reporters conversation is low but
enough to hear. The camera take this long shot while everything I going on all
at the same time.

  • Camera Placement? High Angle, Long take,
    Straight on:

camera is at high angle in the corner. The camera is position straight down and
towards the characters.

  • Description:

Kane’s ex wife is sitting at the table crying, miserable and drunk. The waiter
is trying to console her and nicely let her know that its closing time. In the
background the chairs of the restaurant are flipped over on top of the tables.    The reporter has made a phone call
reporting what information he did receive from Charles Kane’s ex wife.

  • Composition:

camera gives off an illusion that the characters are lined up. The reporter is
close and almost directly close and under the camera. The waiter is standing
off to the side and the ex-wife sitting at the table almost behind the waiter.
The ex wife in this shot is observed to be less important then the characters
in the shot. The film is black and whit. The tone is full of miserable, uncaring
attitude and mood toward Charles Kane death and of the grieving, mad ex wife.

  • Lighting:

lighting in the scene is dark when closed up to the camera and cast of light in
the back where the ex wife is sitting and waiter is standing. The surroundings
of the light is also dark.

  • Depth of Field:

camera angle is high angle. The characters behind the reports in the phone
booth are portrayed to be furtherer from the reporter then they actually are.

  • Sound:

sound in the scene seems to drown out. The only sound is phone the reporter in
the phone booth.

  • Shot Duration: Long Shot.
  • Transitions to the next shot:

Pulling away from the shot where the reporter first meets with Charles Kane’s
ex wife and their short conversation. The shot dissolves away from that seen
and leaves the ex wife in the background; while the reporter becomes the
important character in the scene and their conversation is over, the reporter
going into the booth ends that voice and focus of the ex wife.

the film especially important scenes in the film continue to repeat shots like
this one. In the scene where Charles Kane is celebrating, I have notice most of
the angles of the camera seem to be only kept in the corner and everyone in the
cameras view seem to be in a triangular stance. The camera always shot three
people and usually the second and third person in this angle was usually in the
back, and was less important with not having been heard in the scene or being heard
but seen in the scene. The characters all took turns speaking, their body
language and changing positions caught my attention along with the cornered











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October 17th, 2011 at 6:17 am