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Deep focus cinematography

by Brian Davis

Here is an example of deep focus cinematography in Citizen Kane. Notice how young Kane (who is in the background) is visible through the window (middle ground), all the while Mrs. Kane signs over her custody of the boy to Mr. Thatcher (foreground). Although the directing does not force our attention to any specific aspect of the mise-en-scene, a notable moment is when just as Mrs. Kane signs the paperwork, young Kane, while reenacting a civil war battle yells “Union forever;” the irony, of course, being that Mrs. Kane’s inscription signifies division and fragmentation, the opposite of unity.

Deep Focus Cinematography in Citizen Kane 2

Here is an example of deep focus cinematography in Citizen Kane.

from Citizen Kane (1941)
Creator: Orson Welles
Posted by Brian Davis
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