Citizen Kane screens tomorrow following Cinematic States book talk

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Citizen Kane by director Orson Welles
Citizen Kane will screen in 35-millimeter print on the big screen at the Sie Film Center tomorrow in conjunction with a discussion of Cinematic States: Stories We Tell, the American Dreamlife, and How to Understand Everything, a book by Northern Irish author and film critic Gareth Higgins, who explores American myths in all fifty states through film.

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Citizen Kane is the 1941 debut feature film from Orson Welles, but also what many film scholars consider Welles's masterpiece for its editing, mise-en-scene and cinematography. It also has a connection to Colorado, with the protagonist Charles Foster Kane being raised in poverty here.

Because of this, Higgins used the film -- along with The Shining to form his filmic perception of Colorado.

"Higgins studied sociology as well as film, so he able to make some conclusions about Colorado and America in general," says Caleb Seeling, the founder of Golden-based Samizdat Publishing Group, which released the book. "We have to have to be able to accept reality, dream big, be willing to work for the dream and give it away once it is achieved because men who work for a dream without humility lose everything and it dehumanizes everybody, like in Citizen Kane."

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Cinematic States by Gareth Higgins
Higgins will be on hand to discuss "cinema, storytelling, being human, and rethinking America, first at 5:30 p.m. at the Three Lions, 2239 East Colfax Avenue, along with bestselling author Nadia Bolz-Weber, and then at 7 p.m. at the Sie Film Center.

The movie will start at 7:30 p.m.; tickets for the one-night event are $12 for non-members. and available here.




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Sie FilmCenter

2510 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Film


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17 comments
Ed Haas
Ed Haas

Well, the majority of the worlds' music critics would disagree with your Beatles assessment, but hey, that's the beauty of personal taste right?

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Was it really necessary to compare one of the greatest works of art in history to one of, if not THE, most overrated and gratingly annoying bands in history? The Beatles SUCK. Citizen Kane, even today, does NOT suck. If you can't get that into your head, then...well....have someone else drill it in ya. LuLz.

David Schempf
David Schempf

didn't the family live in Colorado at the start.

Doug Hubka
Doug Hubka

Sorry that is movie was so far over your head. Maybe if it has a Crazy Birds scene you would have likes it more.

Doug Hubka
Doug Hubka

WTF is the matter with Westword ? Thanks for spooling this for everyone who has not seen this classic movie.

Ed Haas
Ed Haas

Citizen Kane is a work of art. Every frame is meticulously crafted. It is the Beatles of films, the template from which every good movie that came after followed in some way. If you can't get into the plot, then at least appreciate it for the work of art that it is.

Michael Beckerman
Michael Beckerman

Unquestionably one of the single worst films I have ever watched. So bad in fact that I had to turn it off about half way though. Almost unwatchable it's so bad.

Wayne Flack
Wayne Flack

OMG, I want the tme I wasted on this movie back!

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