• Citizen Kane follows the classic Hollywood cinema and has been praised for its innovative use of narrative. Ultimately, narration can be defined as the revelation of story information by the plot to the viewer. Whether from the point of view of a character, a nameless voice, or other device, narration is the giving and withholding of information to tell the film's story.
• Citizen Kane uses a hybrid of genres: The newspaper Genre, the musical, and the detective genre.
• Citizen Kane, while it is a classical film, strays away from many conventions o The protagonist, Kane, is not a hero. The film is more concerned with his psychological
state than his morality. o As a newspaper genre, the film fails to solve the mystery. o And "Kane is not a standard mystery, since it answers some questions but leaves other
unanswered. Why is Rosebud important? • Citizen Kane follows the classical Hollywood style: "desire propels the narrative, causality is
defined around traits and goals, conflicts lead to consequences, time is motivated by plot necessity,
and narration is objective, mixing restricted and unrestricted passages. • Citizen Kane also strays away from this style: "Desires, traits, and goals are not always spelled out,
the conflicts sometimes have an uncertain outcome, it doesn't provide closure. • In Citizen Kane, two distinct sets of characters cause events to happen: first, the group of reports
and second, Kane and the characters who know him. • In Citizen Kane, the order, duration, and frequency of events in the story differ greatly from the way
the plot of Citizen Kane present those events. • In the beginning, the order of the newsreel's presentation of Kane's life roughly parallels the order
of scenes in the flashbacks related to Thompson. • Through manipulations order, duration, and frequency, the plot both assists our search and
complicates it in order to provoke curiosity and suspense. • The search for "rosebud" acts as a motivating force within the story. • "Using different narrators to transmit story information fulfills several functions: It offers itself as a
process of investigation.... it shows different sides of Kane, depending on who is narrating the
story...it enhances curiosity.