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Lecture 1

FILM 1000 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Citizen Kane


Department
Film Studies
Course Code
FILM 1000
Professor
Jose Sanchez
Lecture
1

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- Story is all of the elements we infer as we organize them chronologically in our minds, regardless of how
they are presented
- Plot is what we see as it is presented, includes formal elements
- We don’t analyze story – we analyze the plot
- Citizen Kane broke the mold of how a narrative is presented to us and how it is constructed
Story
- Charles plays in snow
- Parents give him up to Thatcher
- Gets kicked out of schools
- Inherits company
- Marries president’s niece
- Empire grows
- Runs for o(ce
- “cheats” on wife with Susan Alexander
- Wife and child dies
- Grows meaner
- Fires Jedidiah
- Loses part of his empire
- Susan leaves
- “Rosebud”
- World backlash
- Meaning
- Interviewed
- Possessions are destroyed
Plot
- Opening scene with mansion
- Death bed
- Shows news report on his life
- Talks in news room
- Go see Susan
- Goes to Thatcher’s memorial
- Bernstein
- Leland
- Susan
- Sled goes in 3re
- Ends with mansion