From Chartres to Xanadu

Throughout his career, Orson Welles returned to the expressive potential of architecture in film, seeming to possess a natural gift for utilising set design and even empty space itself as potent cinematic metaphor. In this illustrated lecture, BFI Southbank's Head of Film Programme Geoff Andrew analyses some of the design techniques used by Welles, paying particular attention to his landmark feature, Citizen Kane. This event formed a part of our Of Dreams and Cities season celebrating architecture in film, presented in conjunction with RIBA.



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