Roger Ryan wrote:Originally, the scene was meant to be dark enough that the viewer would not be able to clearly see these faces, but the ultra-clean and overly-brightened DVD version makes it easy to identify them.
Yes, if you (OP) ever get the chance to see Kane projected on real film, you will see that the scene is really quite dark. The brightened DVD completely changes the whole mood, and meaning, of the scene. I saw Kane projected at UCLA and I think
it is a nitrate print, though I may be mistaken about that. Regardless, it was an amazing experience--deep, deep blacks and shimmering whites.