Citizen Kane: Reflections - Alec Charais
I think Charles Foster Kane acted like a lost little boy from the time he was separated from his parents until the day he died. Everything he did in his life was to excess including the way he reported news in the Inquirer to the construction of Xanadu. Kane spent his life tring to feel excepted and loved, and yet was unable to keep his inner core of friends and relatives close. He died alone, longing for the innocence of his childhood years with the echo of his last word, "Rosebud."
This story is not unlike what we have been told our whole lives, that money "can't buy you happiness." Kane had many opportunities for happiness in his life including a successful business, many friends, and a happy marriage. Unfortunately for Kane, his instincts for indulgence and control ruined all that around him. This ironically left him alone and abandoned, which was what he feared the most.
I think this movie would play well in today's era if produced with modern filmmaking techniques. The storyline as told in 1941 moves much too slowly to make the big screen today. However, there is enough of a plot to this movie that many of the untold parts of the original film could be included in a remake, such as what happens in Kane's earlier years that shape his personality.
I came to class with no expectations for this film. I wasn't aware that Citizen Kane was considered one of the "best movies of all time", but after seeing it I can understand why. This movie depicts the desire of the "American Dream", yet shows us that not all are capable of holding onto that success. The struggle for that dream is timeless.