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Donald Trump discusses Citizen Kane

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Errol Morris is one of the more successful documentary filmmakers, both commercially and artistically. His films are meditations. A viewer is asked to meditate on the subject as a character, instead of a person, and what the character says plays like a thought in his/her head.

The last thing one would imagine Donald Trump talking about is Citizen Kane, what many believe to the greatest film ever made, but here he is talking about in one of the aborted projects by Errol Morris — like he has lived it, like he is a reincarnation of Charles Foster Kane. The beauty is not just in the Errol Morris meditative style or even what Trump has to say about Citizen Kane but what we want to see. Mainly, that Trump’s life mirrors that of Kane and that this real life epic character sees his own tragedy.

Talking about wealth, he says “In real life, wealth does in fact isolate you from other people…it is a protective mechanism.” That quote speaks volumes. The salesman is poking holes into his much marketed life. Asked on what advice he would give Charles Foster Kane, Trump says boldly: “Get yourself a different woman!”

One of the many ideas I have had about film is to do these shorts on people like an artist would sketch a portrait, very much like Errol Morris has done with Donald Trump. No plot, just the person and their thoughts. In my book, the Trump portrait is one of the finest in any medium and that continues to haunt my artistic sensibilities.

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One Response to “Donald Trump discusses Citizen Kane”

  1. Rich on April 11th, 2008 10:30 pm

    Wow…Trump on Citizen Kane. That’s definitely different..:)