Citizen Kane is coming to Sooke!
Intermission Film Series is opening the 2019 program with a film requested by the audience: Orson Welles’s 1941 classic:
Reviewed and analysed countless times, here are a few examples from over the years since 1941 when it premiered.
“This Orson Welles film is generally considered the greatest American film of the sound period, and it may be more fun than any other great movie.”
“The cinematography in this film has never been bettered.”
“Its surface is as much fun as any movie ever made. Its depths surpass understanding. I have analyzed it a shot at a time with more than 30 groups, and together we have seen, I believe, pretty much everything that is there on the screen. The more clearly I can see its physical manifestation, the more I am stirred by its mystery.”
Citizen Kane is a 1941 American drama film by Orson Wells, its producer, co-screenwriter, director and star. The picture was Welles's first feature film. Nominated for Academy Awards in nine categories, it won an Academy Award for Best Writing Screen by Herman J. Mankiewicz and Welles. Considered by many critics, filmmakers, and fans to be the greatest film ever made, Citizen Kane was voted as such in five consecutive British Film Institute, and it topped the American Film Institute’s 100 years …100 Movies list in 1998,
The film examines the life and legacy of Charles Foster Kane, played by Welles.
Kane's career in the publishing world is born of idealistic social service, but gradually evolves into a ruthless pursuit of power. The character was based in part upon the American newspaper magnates William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer, Chicago tycoons Samuel Insull and Harold McCormick, and aspects of the screenwriters' own lives.
Narrated principally through flashbacks, the story is told through the research of a newsreel reporter seeking to solve the mystery of the newspaper magnate's dying word: "Rosebud".
Upon its release, Hearst prohibited mention of the film in any of his newspapers.
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See you at the movies!
Wednesday, November 13th at 7 p.m. Admission by donation.
Where: EMCS Community Theatre, 6218 Sooke Rd, Sooke
Wednesday 15th at 7:00pm at Edward Milne Community School Theater . Doors open at 6:30pm, Tickets by donation.
Set in the forests of Eastern Siberia at the turn of the century, it is a portrait of the friendship that grows between an aging hunter and a Russian surveyor. A romantic hymn to nature and the human spirit.
Speaking of the film in greater detail, Kurosawa said, "The relationship between human beings and nature is getting worse and worse...I wanted to have people all over the world know about this Soviet Asian character who lived in harmony with nature... I think people should be more humble toward nature because we are a part of it and we must become harmonized with it. If nature is destroyed, human beings will be destroyed too. So, we can learn a lot from Dersu," (quoted in Donald Richie's The Films of Akira Kurosawa).
Or, as the title character himself says in the film, "Man is very small before the face of nature."
94% Audience score in Rotten Tomatoes
Dersu Uzala was the second Kurosawa film to earn an Academy Award. His 1950 film Rashomon won Best Foreign Language Film, and the director was awarded an honorary career-achievement Oscar in 1990.
This story of friendship will fill your heart.