CA Citizen Kane Essay

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1. Choose to write your essay on either Vertigo OR Citzen Kane. 

2. Answer all the prompts below for that movie. 

3. Other essay requirements:

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  • 1. Do the reading for this unit on the music of Herrmann in Vertigo. Click here to go to the reading.

Using your textbook, define "ostinato". 

How does Herrmann use ostinato - what effect does this compositional technique create in the viewer? Cite your sources.


Who was the director of Vertigo? Provide a brief bio in your own words and cite your sources.

Who was the music composer for Vertigo? Provide a brief bio in your own words and cite your sources.

2. Find the clip "Kim Novak in Vertigo (1958)" 

IMPORTANT! Watch this clip TWICE. First with NO SOUND, second time WITH SOUND.

ANSWER: After watching the clip without - then WITH sound - what information does the music give you about the characters that you would not know otherwise (there is no dialogue in this scene). 

3. Find the clip "Vertigo (10/11) Movie CLIP - Judy Becomes Madeleine (1958)" on the Viewing and Listening page in the Unit: Movie Music 1 

Watch the entire clip.       

ANSWER: How does Herrmann's music work in this scene? At what point in the action does the music reach its high point? How is this reflected in the visual (the lighting effects in particular?) Cite your sources.




1. Read the synopsis here (Links to an external site.).

2. Read about the musical score here (Links to an external site.)

3. Read about the composer here (Links to an external site.)

4. Watch the Breakfast Scene clip here (Links to an external site.)Citizen Kane: Breakfast montage

5. Answer the following prompts in an essay.

  • Who was the director of Citizen Kane? Provide a brief bio in your own words and cite your sources.
  • Who was the music composer for Citizen Kane? Provide a brief bio in your own words and cite your sources.

Describe the music IN THE CLIP PROVIDED ABOVE during each of the following time segments. What is happening in the scene at each point? How does the music support the dialogue?  (Times below refer to the Breakfast Montage clip above.)




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Citizen Kane
"Citizen Kane" is an American historical film by Orson Welles in 1941. The picture
quality of the film was the first work to be effectively done by Orson Welles. Notably, this film
was appraised by several specialists and commentators to be the exceptional feature film ever
composed during that time in memorial. This essay shall focus on the director and music
composer of "Citizen Kane" film and describe the essence of music in the film.
First, the "Citizen Kane" film was created and directed by Orson Welles in 1941. G...

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