The Great Citizen Gatsby: A Film Analysis

I apologize for massacring the feature photo. Here is my film analysis for Citizen Kane and The Great Gatsby.


I will be talking about the 1941 Orson Welles’ first feature film, Citizen Kane, and a 2013 adaptation of a Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby.

I watched Citizen Kane because it is one of those black and white classic films that are under the Top 250 films in IMDB, it is currently the top 70 on the time I publish this blog. This is a movie that revolutionized the film industry in editing, before this movie was produced, the transition between two scenes or acts are either a black screen or a flashed of title cards, that literally tells the transition using phrases or words.

On the other hand, The Great Gatsby is one of the referred films, after searching Leonardo DiCaprio movies in Google. I found out Tobey Maguire and him were buddies years before this movie went to production. So that spark an interest in my head, on how this peers will work on a movie.

The Story
Citizen Kane’s storyline consist of a lot of flashbacks. The story unfolds when Kane died, and his last words “Rosebud” starts the curiousity among the media. Reporters and Newspaper people try to interview people close to Kane, and those flashbacks tell the story of how our protagonist lived. Funny thing was in my observation, no one is around when he said his Rosebud, yet the movie revolves around that word. *creeps

The Great Gatsby’s story is told by Nick Carraway to his psychiatrist using a typewriter on how he met Jay Gatsby. He moved to New York to be a stock broker after abandoning his dream to be a writer. He lives right next to Jay Gatsby, who throws this grandiose parties all night with random people, rich or poor, for the reason that he expects his long-lost lover to just come.

The Character
Both Charles Foster Kane and Jay Gatsby were both prominent men in their world, in terms of their wealth and popularity. They were ambitious and arrogant on handling their money. They are seem stupid when it comes to women, Kane’s divorced twice, and Gatsby never ended with the woman he truly loved.

In the end
Both men died on their mansion. Kane in Xanadu, with his dying words “Rosebud“. Rosebud was a text painted in his sled that he used to play with way back when we was still a kid. Gatsby on his mansion, where this large parties was once held, but this time the only bountiful are the flowers surrounding him at his funeral.

Ambiguous Side
Both films signifies that even how big a man you are, how passionate your dreams are, or even how endless your wealth is when you are living, you cannot carry those tangible things when you die. You are going to die alone with your thoughts, alone with your longings.

Author: thejohnandpeter

Manila-based Electronics Engineer Graduate. Graphics Artist. Interested in Night Photography. Passionately Curious^^

One thought on “The Great Citizen Gatsby: A Film Analysis”

  1. I never considered all of the similarities between Jay Gatsby and Citizen Kane. When you think about it, they do share many traits. I suppose it makes sense one of the greatest heroes of American literature would share many traits with one of the characters of the greatest American films of all time.


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