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.
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."
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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