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The film, Citizen Kane is recognized as a significant historical event that forever changed the face of film history. A primary reason for this is its pioneering use of mise-en-scene, which refers to the manipulation of what appears in the frame to both guide our attention and enhance dramatic effects. (Mcgraw, 112) There are a number of ways in which mise-en-scene can be used, but for this essay I chose to go into great detail about just two of its most prominent applications featured in Citizen Kane. Delving into the film’s manipulation of lighting and framing, I reveal why exactly this film is so highly revered.
Through the exploitation of single-source lighting, Orson Welles’ inventively enhanced the meaning of his film, Citizen Kane. At the time, this was a revolutionary idea because major Hollywood films typically strived to be very well lit in order to ensure the visibility of the entire frame. (Desjardins, 24) However, by purposefully leaving certain areas in the frame unlit, Welles disposed of this convention to add a layer of depth to the meaning of the film. A perfect exam…