Citizen What?

7 Feb


I lived with my grandparents for a year while I was getting my master’s degree at The University of Utah.  I’m an old soul at heart and this arrangement suited me well.

My grandparents and I had a lot of fun that year.   I introduced my grandma to Meredith and McDreamy.  My grandpa almost fought a 90-year-old man on my behalf.  We decided to watch The Top 100 Movies of All Time together.

I’m sure you’re thinking to yourself, “I would much rather read about your grandpa’s almost-fight with a 90-year-old man right now than read about what movies you watched.”  Sorry. All I’ll say about the fight is it involved an organ.

Back to the movie list you didn’t want to hear about.

Watching The Top 100 Movies of All Time was a noble goal.  It would be so romantic!  “We’ll always have Paris!” Scarlett and Rhett!  Woody Allen! Think how cultured and great we would feel about ourselves when we finished!  Plus, hello, bragging rights.  “Yes, we’ve seen every movie on the list, no big deal.”

Buzzing with excitement,  I invited my friend Ashley to join us, my grandma ordered a pizza, and we all geared up for the first film on the list–Citizen Kane.

It couldn’t have gone worse.

Ashley fell asleep immediately.  My grandpa got angry and muttered “rosebud” under his breath over and over again. My grandma and I struggled to look alert and said things like, “Mmm.”  “Quite interesting.”  “Rather.”

We never finished Citizen Kane.  In fact, the Top 100 Movies of All Time list was dropped that night, never to be spoken of again.

I know as a film student I should probably sit here and tell you I was mistaken.  Citizen Kane is actually the best movie ever, in fact I watched it twice yesterday, no big deal.  But I simply don’t feel that way.

The real life story of Citizen Kane, though–the story of William Randolph Hearst?  I’m all about that.  I recently took a trip to Hearst Castle and it was magical.

I’d take visiting Hearst Castle over watching Citizen Kane every day of the week.

DSC_0523 DSC_0509 DSC_0488 DSC_0484 DSC_0500 DSC_0494 DSC_0501 DSC_0520If you are wondering why there aren’t any pictures of me at Hearst Castle, you should read this post.

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One Response to “Citizen What?”

  1. Linnea Farnsworth February 7, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

    I took film studies in high school (with Donner) and we had to watch Citizen Kane. I honestly don’t really remember anything about it. Here’s my thought on it – someone declared it the best movie ever a long time ago, and no one has dared strip it of its title because that would be such a bold move.

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