44 – Citizen Kane (1941)

Drunk again lad.(See The Third Man)

Drunk again lad.(See The Third Man)

Citizen Kane is about the life of a now deceased newspaper magnate called Charles Foster Kane.Following his death a group of journalists are trying to put together a newsreel about his life.They think it’s a little bland and to put an angle on it they try to find out what his last words,”Rosebud”,meant.Through the investigation we meet meet Kanes friends and loved ones who knew him some 50 years ago before he went into seclusion in his private paradise. Kanes parents where a poor couple living in Colorado but when a gold mines worth millions of dollars was found on their land his mother decided to have him raised by a group of people who would control his all the cash and give it to him when he was 25.Kane was like a rich playboy travelling Europe and having a time.But one day he decides to return to America and wants to have a stab at running a newspaper that the group of investors had acquired some time ago.Kane has some strange ideas when it comes to the paper.Most times printing conjecture and making stuff up to make it appeal more to the people.As the film progresses he gets quite a bit of power and revels in the public’s adoration.This is his downfall.Citizen Kane is revered as one of it not the best pieces in cinematographic history and for parts of it it is ahead of it’s time.Uses of cuts,fades,transitions and various other camera techniques that are the bog standard today were pioneered by this film.On my first watch of this film I was blow away by this one,definitely worth a watch folks.

IMDB RATING      –     8.5
MY RATING     –    8.3
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  WELLES AND HIS BUDDY FROM THE THIRD MAN STAR AGAIN IN THIS.A BRILLIANT FILM.

 

73 – The Third Man (1949)

Good man yourself.

Good man yourself.

The Third Man is a bout a drug runner in post war Vienna.The drug – Penicillin,the runner – Harry Lime (Orsen Welles).Okay so it’s not quite Johnny Depp in Blow but it is illegal and it is a bit of a scam.Lime is getting soldiers to steal penicillin from the military hospitals,then he’s watering it down to make it go further and selling it on at ฃ70 a bottle.Some hospitals end up using this stuff on women  and children and the women are dying during/after child birth and the kids with meningitis it gets used on go all retarded.So retarded they don’t show a single one in the film.The plot centers around Harry’s mate,Holly,who he invites over to Vienna with the promise of a job.Holly lands over and finds out Harry was ‘killed’ that day. Penny less and without a word of German or Russian the u.s. army say they can send him home the next day.Holly does some digging around and discovers the death may not have been accident.To make a long story short Harry faked his death to escape all the people looking for him for the bad drugs.Not a bad film,i think we had to watch this one too for film studies in college,loads of mise en scene and subtle stuff like light bulbs turning one when Holly gets an idea and various bells and noises to symbolize stuff.There’s a lot of dialogue in German and Russian and i turned on the subs thinking i’d get and advantage but it was not good just [German talking].

IMDB RATING      –     8.4
MY RATING     –    8
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  NOT BAD FOR ITS DAY.