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Monday, August 2

  1. msg Street Q.2 message posted Street Q.2 Me and Bill Shakespeare are mates. he is a keen footy player
    Street Q.2
    Me and Bill Shakespeare are mates. he is a keen footy player
    5:03 am

Sunday, August 1

  1. msg Street Q.3 message posted Street Q.3 Isolationism is the key consideration for Street. In considering this one has to look at the metap…
    Street Q.3
    Isolationism is the key consideration for Street. In considering this one has to look at the metaphor created through the representation of Xanadu. It is a warning of what could become of America if she chose to continue to isolate herself in the same way as Kane does. He ends up alone and broken – his brokenness is best represented by the fact that he no longer lives by the Declaration of Principles that he had once declared to be the standard that he would live by. In the same way, Welles believes that America has come to ignore the standards that it had set for herself in the past, particularly through such noble documents as the Declaration of Independence, the end result could not be a good one. History would not allow for the point to be proven as the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour would draw the US into WW2 within six months.
    4:14 pm
  2. msg Street Q.2 message posted Street Q.2 Andy is right to question wether Kane’s political colouring is an example of the “Auteur theory com…
    Street Q.2
    Andy is right to question wether Kane’s political colouring is an example of the “Auteur theory coming through”. It is exactly that – Welles has a bigger agenda that simply attacking Hearst. I think that the “Attack on Hearst” is the simplest of all interpretations in that it does not account for so much else in the film. Alec’s answer is very well stated “Street also saw Kane as a response to the war in Europe thus a mention of the isolationist policy that is another underlying theme in the movie” Alec does well to consider the wider political situation in the US, especially with relation to Roosevelt and his economic policies, especially the New Deal “Interventionist economic and social policies of Roosevelt in which also funded some of Welles plays from the federal theatre (a branch of the cultural policy of this new deal to create employment in theatre). This political policy was used to combat the depression using public work schemes and social security.”

    It is important that Street describe Welles as an “anti-fascist”, as this was one of the many accusations levelled against him, including being a communist.

    Please no first names (Dan!) Roger, Sarah and Laura will not be on schoolies with you! As won’t William (Shakespeare); Raimond (Gaita) and Elizabeth and F. Scott!
    4:00 pm

Wednesday, July 28

  1. msg Ebert Q.19 message posted Ebert Q.19 Love is a crucial link to the Rosebud theory, as Kane's lack of love, 'loveless' life is the underl…
    Ebert Q.19
    Love is a crucial link to the Rosebud theory, as Kane's lack of love, 'loveless' life is the underlying reasoning behind his actions. it is evident in the scene 'leaving home' that Kane feels the love from his mother. THis is shown through his obedience and disappointment that his mother isnt coming with him on his trip with Mr thatcher. Therefore Kane tried through out his life to regain this love and affection once experienced. Thus the 'rosebud theory'
    8:43 pm
  2. msg Ebert Q.18 message posted Ebert Q.18 Welles has many personal links in the film. Much like Kane, welles also lost his mother at a young …
    Ebert Q.18
    Welles has many personal links in the film. Much like Kane, welles also lost his mother at a young age and was sent into the care of another man. This therefore can strengthen the rosebud theory as Welles understands the emotions involved when losing a mother. Thus he would have a natural tendency to show the depth of that pain through out Kane's life
    8:34 pm
  3. msg Ebert Q.17 message posted Ebert Q.17 As stated in the previous question, Welles uses personal links and his own background to complete t…
    Ebert Q.17
    As stated in the previous question, Welles uses personal links and his own background to complete the whole image of Kane. We can see bits of Welles self in the character of Kane, and this is what Kael misses in her thesis
    8:30 pm
  4. msg Ebert Q.16 message posted Ebert Q.16 Thomas is trying to defend the film against the comment of a 'shallow masterpiece" made by Kae…
    Ebert Q.16
    Thomas is trying to defend the film against the comment of a 'shallow masterpiece" made by Kael. Keal is trying to attack the film by saying that its a direct link to W Hearst, and the central thesis around the gimmick of rosebud. However she is missing the point that Kane and Welles are also linked, and Welles used personal emotions to make the character of Kane more complex
    8:28 pm
  5. msg Ebert Q.15 message posted Ebert Q.15 Ebert summaries Kael's argument and makes four main points; 1. Rosebud was initially not as cent…
    Ebert Q.15
    Ebert summaries Kael's argument and makes four main points;

    1. Rosebud was initially not as central in the original script. The hype made by the newspapers influenced the centrality of the device.

    2. Recognition for the Rosebud device should be for Welles' as it fits with his film devices and control of the film

    3. Mankiewicz should take full responsibility for the films genius

    4. Enigma theory is stands as a accurate theory
    8:14 pm
  6. msg Ebert Q.19 message posted Ebert Q.19 Thomson adds his own twist on the rosebud theory. It is not about lost innocence, rather, a questio…
    Ebert Q.19
    Thomson adds his own twist on the rosebud theory. It is not about lost innocence, rather, a question that haunted Kane and not the answer. Why would my mother abandon me? This could be used to explain the structure of the rest of the film as kane trys to find an answer to this question. However, he never finds it, the only condition he knows is solitude and not love. Thus, his materialism fits this position of solitude and we also see that all his relationships fail which coukd be explained by the 'rosebud as question.' Ben Brown
    8:10 pm
  7. msg Ebert Q.18 message posted Ebert Q.18 A film based solely on Hearsts life would have simplified the interpreatation of kane as one would …
    Ebert Q.18
    A film based solely on Hearsts life would have simplified the interpreatation of kane as one would only have to look at hearst to find the answrrs. Therefore, by portraying aspects of his own life, the rosebud mystery is complicated. This complication is why so many interpretations have been put forward, giving the film its timelessness.Ben Brown
    8:01 pm

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