Monday, July 18, 2011

"Know What's Cooler Than a Million Dollars?" (Hatter Settles The Social Network/Citizen Kane Debate)

I took some flak earlier this year when I stuck my neck out and made a declaration. So what better way to celebrate the David Fincher episode than by going back to that glorious debate.

Some of you might recall, that last autumn when THE SOCIAL NETWORK was setting the moviegoing world on fire to a certain extent, there were some who had the audacity to call it "CITIZEN KANE for a New Generation".

That's heresey for a film lover like me, and it prompted me to take a long hard look at both films...

Kane’s fate is far more tragic. As the newsreel tells us, the man outlived his power. At his peak, he was raking in a fortune, ran a news syndicate that was influential, and stood on a political precipice that included him being poised to be governor, with the American presidency within sight. He lost it all, because for Kane power wasn’t enough. He always felt some gaping hole that only love could fill, but it had to be love on his terms...

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1 comment:

  1. Nice article. Comparison may not be whole lot justified coz of the difference in the sense of achievement for the two protagonists and the difference in their ages as well , when they realize where they stand.
    The movies though are similar on the idea of human quest for his place. Mark tries to express himself and attain a place through his creation and so did Kane through his news paper