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Journalism & Communication
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‘Citizen Kane’ and ‘Schindler’s List’ are two masterful pieces from two renowned directors who both greatly represent their time. There are many similarities and differences between these two films and where the story is taken by the filmmakers. These classic films are decades apart and both have been definitive must-watch movies for their technical prominence and their captivating storytelling.
Steven Spielberg, widely regarded as one of the greatest film directors of his generation and to this date, rendered in ‘Schindler’s List’ an engrossing true story in a dark moment in the history of the world. The younger film was able to take advantage of the emotional plot of the screenplay and adopt it into a memorable film. The two films tackle wealth, power and influence but where one highlights a man’s fall and the subsequent inconsequentiality of his life because of greed, the other showcased how a man was able to save lives with the same virtues and transcend himself into being a person of hope. Interestingly, these two movies are in black and white as its format. ‘Citizen Kane’ released in 1941 which was directed and starred by Welles was among those first story-based movies when there was perceptibly yet to be computer effects or any sophisticated cinematic tricks. The shots seem and feel experimental with the use of long angles and backgrounds that does not quite confirm when there was optical illusion used or not. In the conversation between Charles Foster Kane and his friend Jedidiah, where the latter was telling him he wants to leave and go to Chicago, we see the entire sequence literally from the ground (Citizen Kane). ...
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