Citizen Kane Mise En Scene

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How do mise en scene and sound create meaning in a scene from Citizen Kane (1941)? Citizen Kane 41:00- 45:30 The 1941 Citizen Kane, directed and produced by Orsen Welles, was a blockbuster. The key star was Orsen Welles as Charles Foster Kane. Along him starred Joseph Cotton, Dorothy Comingore, Ruth Warrick, Everett Sloane, Ray Collins, William Alland, George Coulouris, Agnes Moorehead, Paul Stewart and Erskine Sanford. The film focused on the life of newspaper tycoon, Charles Foster Kane and aspects of his childhood. Although the film was known for its narrative structure, there were other key elements used in order for it to be the super hit that it was and still is up to date. Some of those elements are mise en scene, music and sound, and editing. This essay will show how mise en scene and music in the party scene worked together to reflect Kane’s happiness after he brought in member’s from the rival newspaper into his company. French derived expression mise en scene (placing on stage),…show more content…
These techniques are all named in the cinema language as follows; tilting- this is the motioning of the camera up and down, panning- this is known for moving the camera from left to right, zoom- this particular technique makes the object/character appear closer to or further from the camera, dolly- this also has to do with forward and backward, however, for example when the camera dolly-out the close up zoom still needs to be kept. At the beginning of the scene there was close up with the lead character Kane, to signify seniority and importance, and throughout the rest of the scene the camera followed Kane’s every move. Mise en scene was an important element in Citizen Kane, particularly in the ‘party scene’. Most of the aspects in mise en scene worked simultaneously in order to provoke the audience and match the

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