More on Citizen Kane (1941)-Welles Directs Agnes Moorehead

Another example of creative staging by director Orson Welles and deep focus technique by cinematographer Gregg Toland is the scene where Kane’s parents sign over their boy’s guardianship and fortune to Mr. Thatcher (George Coulouris) –Note the shot where Agnes Moorhead as Mrs. Kane (in a memorable short performance) is in close up screen right, Kane’s dad (Harry Shannon) and Thatcher are in progressively medium shots, and very deep into the frame through an open window is the young Charles Forster Kane playing in the snow (perhaps with his prized sled?) while his destiny is being decided in the foreground.

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