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Citizen Kane: Crash Course Film Criticism #1

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Try CuriosityStream today: http://curiositystream.com/crashcourse and use the promo code "crashcourse" to get the first two months free! Is Citizen Kane the BEST MOVIE EVER MADE? Is that even an answerable question? Michael Aranda will try to help us through both of these questions as we take a look at our first film in Crash Course Film Criticism, Citizen Kane. Check out all 15 films we'll be talking about below!!! ***Film Selection*** Citizen Kane Aliens Where Are My Children? Selma In the Mood For Love Do the Right Thing Lost In Translation Apocalypse Now Pan's Labyrinth The Limey Three Colors: Blue The Eagle Huntress Moonlight Beasts of No Nation 2001: A Space Odyssey *** Produced in collaboration with PBS Digital Studios: http://youtube.com/pbsdigitalstudios The Latest from PBS Digital Studios: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1mtdjDVOoOqJzeaJAV15Tq0tZ1vKj7ZV *** Want to find Crash Course elsewhere on the internet? Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/YouTubeCrashCourse Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/TheCrashCourse Tumblr - http://thecrashcourse.tumblr.com Support Crash Course on Patreon: http://patreon.com/crashcourse
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JLP (4 days ago)
A rare unhurried exhalation greets brave new host Michael Aranada, who brings at least (and at last) a passing acquaintance with *the pause* (all but disacknowledged on this breakneck but otherwise beloved Channel), inviting rumors of a YouTube comeback for speech that can be heard and comprehended in real time. As he spoke I understood every word Aranada said, a startling Crash Course innovation that really gives one...
Julio Ramírez (10 days ago)
9:04 "life, universe and everything..." Anybody else noticed that.
Miami SWL Radio (22 days ago)
4:07 the hair and eyes, especially the wrinkles under the eyes of William Randolph Hearst almost perfectly match the guy talking in the video
warcraftnut1354 (23 days ago)
Orson Welles was also the voice of Unicron in the 1980's version of Transformers.
JayE Smoke (1 month ago)
Abel Poon (1 month ago)
why don't they do a remake? ??
James Greep (1 month ago)
Look, I know I'm going to get hate for this, but I'm going to say it anyways. What am I missing here? How is this in ANY WAY a concept for an interesting movie? It's unquestionably the most boring and anticlimactic plot I've ever heard. The camera work is kind of impressive, but pulling back or panning upwards once in a while can't save you from having the dumbest and most uninteresting story ever written. There was NO indication other than his final word that the sled ever held ANY emotional significance to Kane. A sled isn't really the kind of thing you would be thinking of on your deathbed, anyways. I know it's supposed to be a metaphor for a lost childhood, but you can deliver the same message in the form of a story that's actually COMPELLING.
Tom Ripsin (1 month ago)
Is the instructor wearing a yarmulke?
Sridhar Pratik (2 months ago)
Dark Knight please
CuprumVampram (2 months ago)
I saw Citizen Kane when I was 18 and didn't really get it at the time. This has helped a lot with understanding why it was so influential.
The Black Cat (2 months ago)
I have never seen Citizen Kane. Such a disappointment. Maybe being a member of generation Zen has something to do with it. Hmm...
Ultimate DiJo (2 months ago)
Boring movie thou. Tried watching it 5 times, could not watch it more than 30 to 45 mins
Ian 64 (2 months ago)
do the Big Lebowski next
Runs with Bulls MX TX (2 months ago)
I just saw this movie last week and its definitely one of the best movies I have ever seen.
Jonathan B (2 months ago)
This guys voice reminds me of popcorn.
Chathurka Madhushan (3 months ago)
Hey CrashCourse put these critics in a playlist. It's easy to find.
Alistair Jiang (3 months ago)
I don't know much about movies, and I watched Citizen Kane yesterday but feel it is so gorgeous
Luke Cague (3 months ago)
Saying it is the best movie of all time is such an annoying hipster thing to say..
Final Sentinel (3 months ago)
Cool effects, but boring story. To say this is the greatest film ever shows that film critics are technically obsessed.
Thumbsdown Bandit (3 months ago)
Citizen Kane is just vacant garbage. A pretentious student movie, nothing more.
yayareaabc (3 months ago)
Yup, the subject content isn't worth discussion.
Matthew Coon (3 months ago)
Controversial opinion: I don't think Citizen Kane is as fantastic now as it was when it was released. It used very obvious literary devices and doesn't leave much open for interpretation from the viewer. The "moral of the story" is so evident, straightforward, and echoed among so many other films and books that I have a hard time finding it compelling. That being said, for it being released when it was, it was very revolutionary, but as a plot I just don't think there's that much substance there.
Cini Man (4 months ago)
Greatest film ever produced on earth.
Of the Future (4 months ago)
Love your background sets!
MurrTV (4 months ago)
Matte Drawings?? Come on.
Peter Swinkels (4 months ago)
Nice review. Yeah, ranking movies in a list and claiming one is the best of all is rather simplistic.
Holden McGroin (5 months ago)
Rosebud.....Yes Rosebud frozen peas. Chock full of country goodness and green pea-ness.
zazen108 (5 months ago)
I am alone in the wilderness I know but this film has some problems. I think its cold and lacks emotional depth. There are so many formal considerations the actors are left as distant pawns on an ornate board. It is a visually superb movie, the lighting, the editing, the camera placement are truly amazing, I just didn't care about anyone in it.
Christian Hafalla (5 months ago)
Damn at least he doesn’t talk as fast as that other dude
Youtube_Chrones (5 months ago)
Citizen Kane was made in the middle of world war II
Christopher Wolf (5 months ago)
Citizen Kane: In my opinion, the worst film ever made
MrSeymourVideo (6 months ago)
RKO outta nowhere. . .
Ahmed Hammad Ahmed (6 months ago)
what rosebud mean ? and why the child was taken from his mother?
Crazy El (6 months ago)
Im now in the different part of youtube
Dalena (6 months ago)
ManaJack (6 months ago)
Looks like hes wearing a yamaka
kevin r. (7 months ago)
Citizen Kane is absolute perfection. It's sad when people can't appreciate it.
NPC #001876594 (7 months ago)
My favorite movie? Gotta be No Country for Old Men. Followed closely by the best Star Wars film, The Empire Strikes Back.
gradeaadventurer (7 months ago)
B K (7 months ago)
I don't know why too many people focus about its techniques though. Yes, it had a great effect in movie history, you can truly learn what life is
B K (7 months ago)
You know it's great without knowing it, when all the cinematography played its role
B K (7 months ago)
It has the greatest quotes
Henry TheGreatAmerican (7 months ago)
Damn, you guys need to get to the meat of your videos quicker. Seriously, about 90 seconds before you say anything worthwhile.
no name (7 months ago)
trumps favorite movie....mine too
Herman Falck How (8 months ago)
Film criticism isn't meant to be what it sounds like. It is not nitpicking specific details to find and objective "Score". It is meant to be a more professional look into an art form that is consumed by many but understood by few. And of course give interpertations of the films themes, both intended and unintended.
Myroslav Burak (8 months ago)
This video is not about film criticism, it is a history lecture about a movie.
Isak Dahl Short Films (8 months ago)
An amazing cinematic masterpiece but not the greatest movie ever made. That title probably belongs to Vertigo, 2001: A Space Odyssey or maybe One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
MattMYouTube (9 months ago)
The idea of the sled is so great because symbolically, it's obviously a link to his old childhood memories, his only real happy memories until he was taken from his home and pushed into a world of business, money, and power. The sled in and of itself, I think, functions great as the literal "Rosebud." If Rosebud were a person, or a place, or even a specific day, it would be too sappy and probably too predictable. The sled is so great because we see a great shot of it after Kane is taken from his home, and the snow builds up on, signaling the passage of time, the burying of his childhood, and of course intimate screen time with the actual sled. It's unpredictable, yet when we get the twist, it clicks immediately. It also shows how little things really do impress upon our subconscious. Bernstein gives the little speech to Thompson about the woman he saw on the ferry for a second. She never noticed him, yet a month never went by when he didn't think of her. The sled is sort of the same way.
Subhan's Vault (9 months ago)
orson welles was 25 when he made Citizen Kane - The greatest movie ever made . Here I am 25 sitting , having breakfast watching this crash course
King In The North (9 months ago)
You can’t state that one film is objectively the best ever made. Reviewing films is a mixture of the objective and the subjective. For instance, “The Godfather” is one of three films I would say are the best of all time. However, my friend thinks “Goodfellas” is a better movie. I don’t have a problem with his opinion in this regard because “Goodfellas” is also an objectively great film too. (For the record I’d give both 10/10 ratings) I’d give “Citizen Kane” a 9/10 rating (I.e. “superb”. I think giving it a 10/10 (I.e. “masterpiece”) rating is valid as well as an 8/10 (I.e. “great”) rating as it is acknowledging its objective quality. However, people who give films like “Goodfellas”, “The Godfather” or “Citizen Kane” 5/10 (I.e. “average”) or 6/10 (I.e. “above-average”), or lower, ratings just because they “didn’t like it” don’t have a respectable view regarding films. There are plenty of films I don’t personally enjoy watching but can appreciate their objective quality. Take “The Wizard of Oz” for instance. It is an objectively great movie which I can respectfully acknowledge despite my lack of interest in it. The biggest lie people make regarding film is that “it’s all subjective”. If you think this then I ask you to compare the films “Toy Story” and “Foodfight” to understand how ridiculous such a statement really is. “Citizen Kane” certainly IS one of the best films ever made. However, although objective value DOES exist it does not have an absolute value. It is this final measure where subjective value and interpretation had its place.
Robert Jones (9 months ago)
This movie is so overrated and boring. Avengers Infinity War is the true all time best movie! Suck it, film snobs! You’re just jealous Shitizen Lame never broke 2 billion!
Daniel R (9 months ago)
I love Citizen Kane, but my favourite film from the 40s is Casablanca. Masterpiece.
Rice Naydon (9 months ago)
Griffith, Eisenstein, Stroheim, Murnau, Gance and Sternberg created all of the film-making 'innovations', and to a superior effect. Kane is good as an assemblage of techniques, but even then, a film like Intolerance utilised many of the same techniques decades prior and is infinitely more sophisticated.
Pedro Pizarro (9 months ago)
Good show!
catothewiser (9 months ago)
Who's the weirdo with ear-rings. Does he think he is in a bath house?
Snuggles McSquishbottom (10 months ago)
Citizen Kane was the first DVD I ever bought after switching over from VHS. It coincided perfectly with an unforgettable film studies class in which my eyes were opened to so many things. Thank you, Professor Shetley.
R Lynd (10 months ago)
Excellent commentary and points!
TOFKAS01 (10 months ago)
Meeehhh... that movie is just made out of stolen scenes from the Simpsons......
Man Drake (11 months ago)
I'm not of the view that is the greatest film ever made. It is good and I enjoy it, my enduring feeling though is that it kind of blighted Orson Welles. Here is this thing that he did right at the start and it is always hanging over him. Who wants their masterwork to be considered the first thing out of the gate that everything else you do is compared to.
Test 4Research (1 year ago)
I think Crash Course missed the mark on this one by minimizing the importance of the sled and how it related to the motivations, longings, and overall character of Kane.
It was his Sled.
Kevin Linsley (1 year ago)
I love how Batman V Superman payed respects to Citizen Kane. Did anyone else notice this?
Phillip Marsh (1 year ago)
Orson Welles on a dragon. Oh you silly people. :)
ANNO DOMINI (1 year ago)
This is without a doubt the greatest movie ever made.
gustavo oviedo (1 year ago)
I remember you from some charlieissocoollike videos
Curt TDH (1 year ago)
"Rosebud" was Hearst's pet name for his lover's clitoris.
Mort Da Jew (1 year ago)
2010 the day we made contact
Samantha Scholl (1 year ago)
I recently studied this film for Arts & Literature and what really struck me about it is the mystery of it all. In the very beginning, when the camera is panning up along the fence, the chain link is in focus and the background is blurry, giving the viewer hints that Kane's life story is going to be a bit fuzzy and that his true self is going to be concealed in some way. Then, the story of his life is told through others, each having their own biases and perspectives on both life and Kane himself. Therefore, we cannot fully trust what they say about him, especially considering how most of them had some kind of falling-out with Kane. I thought it was fascinating how the film took (or, perhaps, helped to form) the concept of the unreliable narrator and translated it into four (five, if you count the butler's brief contribution) unreliable narrators. Because we never see Kane's life through an unbiased narrator or even Kane himself, we as viewers cannot completely discern what is fact and what is exaggeration. Therefore, Kane's real life remains something of a mystery.
liza Estevez (1 year ago)
can you do 2001 a space odyssey plz?
E. Lundbom (1 year ago)
Would love to see you do The Third Man as well. One of my top three films ever.
Keith Everson (1 year ago)
At the end of the day, I can appreciate the technical details, but I watch movies for entertainment. Citizen Kane fails abysmally at this. The pacing leaves me bored for large portions, and the dialog is so incredibly formulaic and "scripty." It kind of coasts from scene to scene, caring more about set pieces of story information and less about interest or context. I realize that some of these things are because this movie pioneered what is now the cliche, but from my perspective that doesn't mean I'm enjoying the viewing.
Train Jackson (1 year ago)
Nnnoooooo Citizen Kane was so... dull. Yes, technically quite nice, but.. if you're spending all that time and effort (and moolah) on production you should try and.. make a better story. It may have been ~*THE GREATEST*~ in the 40s/50s but now? Not so much. This happens with books a lot too.. things that were INNOVATIVE AND NEVER DONE BEFORE so it's the BEST THING EVER... 60 years later it's like "this was supposed to be amazing? I mean it's not BAD... but.."
Jorgejhms (1 year ago)
"make you realize profound things about life, the universe, and everything" #42
Paul Lindley (1 year ago)
I thought it was going to be a psychological thriller with a twist at the end but I thought it was garbage,very dissapointed.I know it was made 77 years ago but it tells you about his life in a news reel then hardly adds anything to it!pointless film,greatest film of all time,nah, I'd give it 6/10 at the most and that's just for the effort in the sets
Dustin H (1 year ago)
No one was in the room when he said "Rosebud". I think the movie is one of the best, but it's a huge flaw. Despite the butler stating he was in the room, he was not.
Dustin H (1 year ago)
Also there is some amazing camera work in this film. Amazing even by today's standards.
Esra Erimez (1 year ago)
Michael, where is your vest or jacket???
Nelson Barrantes (1 year ago)
Shouldnt this have Spoiler alert on the title?
Mallen151 (1 year ago)
I don’t agree with people who say that Citizen Kane’s story is its weakest aspect. It’s essentially The Social Network set in the 40’s.
Steven Castellano (1 year ago)
Please analyze "My Dinner With Andre". Apparently I'm one of only three people in the whole world who hates that movie, so maybe you can show me what I'm missing in it.
Ramshackle (1 year ago)
Never heard of it.
Avi Singh (1 year ago)
You guys should do The Dark Knight Trilogy
Blastoff2moon (1 year ago)
Rosebud !!!!
Dancing Diablo (1 year ago)
So you are telling me its considered a great movie not because it is a good story or because there is a great message... It merely had a good technical movie making tricks... So basically it was as boring as I thought it was. Thanks for explaining sir.
Paul Schuster (1 year ago)
This video deserves criticism in that the rapid talking and cutting on every sentence, jamming all the thoughts together leave the viewer with taking nothing in. So slow the hell down. 2 thumbs down.
PaJeezy (1 year ago)
Citizen Kane isn't even a good movie.
Rilumai (1 year ago)
Yes, it is. It's an incredible movie.
Sneaker's Corner (1 year ago)
If a movie is boring, it has failed. Gimmicks mean nothing. That is why critiques and audiences often don't see eye to eye on movies.
Atipat Lorwongam (1 year ago)
can you do "The Matrix"? ^ ^
Matuco BULLAguero (1 year ago)
I mean citizen Kane predicted Trump.... Lol or at least that's how it seems
Randy Pullman (1 year ago)
until now i felt as if it was just a lousy flick backed by university propaganda the likes of a Van Gogh.
sai krishna (1 year ago)
You should have made the video on godfather better than citizen kane
Elizabeththegreatest (1 year ago)
Yeah, Hearst didn't like this movie at all!
Umberto Fournier (1 year ago)
such an excellent film
Where's my money (1 year ago)
Would someone be considered the greatest director if he only made citizen Kane and the godfather trilogy?
bosshobo1 (1 year ago)
The only film better than this is The Godfather.
Butters Stotch (2 months ago)
Godfather is the best movie ever. Hands down.
juffan (1 year ago)
Citizen Kane is the Citizen Kane of movies
Sam Finder (1 year ago)
Michael is the best host
he_who_is_nobody (1 year ago)
Everyone knows that "Jurassic Park" is the best film of all times.
Justine Fragoso (1 year ago)
Ahh yes... Rosebud... The sims cheat code to get unlimited money
Quidium (1 year ago)
+CrashCourse Can y'all do an episode on The Last Jedi in regards to story, writing, plot, plot holes, character development, going forward, going backwards, etc? Many of my friends have been 50/50 about the film. One side is hard core SW guru and the other side are "movie" experts. Food for thought.
vonigner (1 year ago)
.. I never heard of this Citizen Kane thing ? XD

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