Me and Orson Welles!


A young Orson Welles

“A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet “-Orson Welles

As a person born in the 90s and growing up in 2000s,I was initially more attracted, influenced and inspired from the work of Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan and of course the Movie Brats of the 1970s.Though,there was one movie whose greatness I was constantly reminded of from the countless numbers of lists made by film critics,articles written by film historians as well as in the interviews of great filmmakers like Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg(Obviously not Ingmar Bergman who hated the movie and called Welles a “hoax”) .The movie topped the Sight and Sound Poll decade after decade finally being dropped down to the second place by Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece “Vertigo” in 2012. It is placed number one in the American Film Institute’s list of 100 greatest movies of all time. The movie which I am talking about is the 1941 movie “Citizen Kane”. I never really felt like seeing it even after hearing so much praise about it from everywhere. Citizen Kane has a ubiquitous presence and is a work which cannot be ignored. Though, I am guilty of avoiding it for a long time. I never really felt the urge to watch it. I felt that it was too much hyped for me to watch at that time and the expectations may ruin the experience of watching this great American Classic. Orson Welles is synonym with the word “audacity”. He was one of the boldest risk takers ever and by taking those risks he changed the cinematic art form for years to come.He took forward the cinematic elements several notches above from were it was left from the silent film generation. While he was making Kane, he told the cinematographer Gregg Toland, ‘Let’s do everything they told us never to do”.  He took the risks and made the camera movements aware to the audiences with  brilliance and became responsible for inspiring so many people to be filmmakers.