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"Alfred A. Scudiero" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sun, 28 May 1995 08:18:42 CDT
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Hello Folks,
I'm new to this list and was wondering if anyone could answer a question for
In my High School Film Appreciation class (Please no comments!) we watched
Citizen Kane and enjoyed it very much. However when it came to analyzing the
film, we were off target a little bit (As teenagers often are).
Anyway, one particular scene in the film (Where Kane walks in front of a line
up of mirrors, before his famous death scene) we completely missed. Our
teacher was so insenced that we couldn't dissect the symbolism, that she
refused to tell us what it meant and gave us all "C's" for the class.
I took a wild guess and suggested that Kane was simply "an incomplete man"
being his life was centered around money, and the mirrors reflected his
fragmentation and his narcisicism. She said I was wrong.
So now, here I am 10 years later still trying to figure it out! I like to
think that I'm pretty good about analysis, however this one has stumped me
for years.
If anyone has an answer please tell me. I'm not that big a fan of the film
(Yes, I know, slap my face!) so I really haven't the need to watch it over
over again. So please, if anyone can help...what gives???
Al Scudiero
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