Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Tip#646: The Lasting Importance of a Film - Roger Ebert - Citizen Kane

On April 4, 2013 film lovers around the world lost the great and acclaimed film critic Roger Ebert. He was such a lasting fixture in the world of movies and I feel sad he is gone. Not only was he a part of my life growing up Ebert was an incredible inspiration for continuing to write reviews after having lost his voice due to his long battle with cancer.

Ebert leaves us with a wealth of movie reviews. He also left us with one final top 10 favourite films list. I was happy to see one of my favourites, Citizen Kane, because I believe everyone must see this classic and powerful story. Below is Ebert’s list that he put in alphabetical order. Read more on

• Aguirre, Wrath of God (Werner Herzog)
• Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola)
• Citizen Kane (Orson Welles)
• La Dolce Vita (Federico Fellini)
• The General (Buster Keaton)
• Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese)
• 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick)
• Tokyo Story (Yasujiro Ozu)
• The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick)
• Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock)

Citizen Kane (1941)

The drama Citizen Kane is about the life of millionaire newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles) and how, after his death, puzzle pieces of his life are assembled by reporters searching for the meaning of his final words “rosebud”. What unravels is epic and innovative cinematic storytelling of life lessons we can all learn from.

Ebert indicated that his favourite film is Citizen Kane though he preferred to emphasize it as "the most important" film. For me the story is important because it reveals a key answer to the question of why people feel terminally stuck in their lives. And that answer lies in something emotional we experienced in our childhood. The film demonstrates, for better or for worse, that this childhood event will effect the rest of one's life.

Films with important messages can have lasting power. Be inspired to watch a movie recommended by someone you respect or trust. And then allow yourself to be entertained AND re-energized with answers the film’s story and movie hero will bring you!

Remember How Movies Can Help You: 
A) Entertain & Escape 
B) Re-energize & Release 
C) Insights, Epiphanies & AHA moments 

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