Which film do you think is better? Citizen Kane or The Godfather? Personally,.I’m choosing The Godfather. Why, you ask? Its cinematography is brillant, the dialogue is amazing, the acting is excellent, the score is hypnotic. I can go on all day talking about The Godfather. Don’t get me wrong. I think that Citizen Kane is amazing, as well. But, IMO, it can’t hold a candle to The Godfather.
It’s obvious “The Godfather” will easily win. It’s more accessible, and pop culture became so obsessed with the film you get the references before even watching it nowadays. It’s a brilliant film, truely one of the greatest from american filmmaking.
But “The Godfather”, as much as love it to death, is just as much narrative as it is filmmaking, in my opinion. And “Citizen Kane” is just one of those pictures that got there on merits of achievements that are more purely cinematic. I mean, the writing is great, but I don’t think anyone would dare say Citizen Kane relies on the strengths of narrative more or even as much as the direction and techinical achievments of the film (I really believe it’s the best cinematography on american films ever). It’s just perfectly shot and edited and extremely sophisticated to this day. It’s combines the tradition of classic Hollywood cinema that came before it with foreign avant garde filmmaking of the time.
And while I watch “Citizen Kane”, I love that you can see the change of paradigm, that the film is so inspired that it truely deserves every single acclaim and influence it generated. And as an experience, it’s just sorta of hypnotic and full of subtext. I can understand anyone that finds “The Godfather” a more exciting, emotional and immediate experience, as it is a masterful, incredible film as well, but few films have so many layers and have me finding something new on every rewatch so many decades later after being released and analyzed to death as “Citizen Kane”. So that’s my vote.
Citizen Kane for me.
I think The Godfather is a very well made film with some incredible performances, but so overrated IMO.
Of the two, I have to say The Godfather. It’s a strong narrative with a heightened mood, a great ensemble cast and the editing during the wedding scene at the end blew me away. Although, my problem with The Godfather was the missed opportuniy to explore Pacino’s desire to move away from his crime family roots more completely. Citizen is impressive for its achievements, but I can name many films that have had a more lasting impact.