The Godfather, The Shawshank Redemption And The Titanic

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How do we define a “great movie”? Is it the sound, the editing or the graphics? Is it the cast and director behind it? Or is it simply the message we get at the end of every movie we have deemed great such as The Godfather, The Shawshank Redemption and the Titanic. What makes a movie great? That’s a question I have always pondered over. Orson Welles, director of the movie Citizen Kane once said “a film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.” Citizen Kane is unequivocally a movie with exemplary craftsmanship. In 1941, when this film was released, it was considered to be one of the greatest and most respected films of its time to come out in Hollywood. In this paper I will talk about the message received from…show more content…
Kane’s separation from his mother led to him growing up querulous, indigent of emotional stability and encompassing the belligerent behaviors of a pre-adolescent. As a wealthy and popular man, Kane harbors a lot of resentment towards authority and seems to break all the norms set up by society. His quest for more power and disregard for his first marriage makes him a very unlikeable man. During the movie Kane states “You know, Mr. Bernstein, if I hadn't been very rich, I might have been a really great man” (Citizen Kane). In other words if he had stayed with his parents just maybe he would have grown up a better human being compared to the man he became. His behavior as an adult does not come as a surprise because, “Just as he was ‘acquired’ by the bank, he subsequently spends much of his adult life acquiring not only possessions, but people” (Mass 211). It is for this same reason that both his marriages and friendship with Jedediah Leland all seem to fail. Kane never really cared about his second Wife Susan Alexander, for him she was like a reminder of his parents. She saw him, as a person and filled a void in him which he had already been compensating for by buying statues. Kane did not know how to love anyone, what he knew was how he wanted to be loved. This made him very manipulative, only wanting to do what he wanted and on his terms till her attempt at suicide. By having all that money, Kane could have acquired any materialistic thing he wanted and as a result loss all his morals in the process. Hurting and causing harm to those who loved him.. But as they say “power tends to corrupt

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