Mise en Scène

‡ French for ³placing on stage´

Taxi Driver

Mise en Scène
‡ Staging of the action
± Physical setting & décor ± How these elements are ³framed´ ± How these elements are photographed

Manhattan

Mise en Scène
‡ Frame dimensions ‡ Aspect Ratio ‡ 1:33:1 (Pre-1950¶s & TV) ‡ 1:85:1 (standard) ‡ 2:35:1 (widescreen)

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‡ Dominant
± Where is our eye attracted first?

Bend It Like Beckham

Mise en Scène

Silence of the Lambs

Mise en Scène
‡ Subsidiary contrasts
± What are the main eye-stops after taking in the dominant?

The Black Swan

Mise en Scène

Deuce Bigelow: European Gigolo

Mise en Scène
‡ Lighting key
± ± ± ± High key? Low key? High contrast? Some combination of these?

The Philadelphia Story

Mise en Scène

The Grifters

Mise en Scène

The 40 Year-Old Virgin

Mise en Scène
‡ Shot and camera proxemics
± What type of shot? ± How far away is the camera from the action?

Silence of the Lambs

Mise en Scène

Manhattan

Mise en Scène

The Hurt Locker

Mise en Scène

Austin Powers

Mise en Scène
‡ Angle
± Are we (and the camera) looking up or down on the subject? ± Or is the camera neutral (eye level)?

Red Eye

Mise en Scène

Red Eye

Mise en Scène

Kill Bill

Mise en Scène

The Last Picture Show & The Blind Side

Mise en Scène

Silence of the Lambs & Ondine

Mise en Scène
‡ Color values

American Beauty

Mise en Scène

Cinderella Man, Red & Taking Woodstock

Mise en Scène

Kill Bill

Mise en Scène

Raging Bull, The Last Picture Show & Manhattan

Mise en Scène

2001: A Space Odyssey, Barbershop, Let the Right One In & Oldboy

Mise en Scène
‡ Density
± How much visual information is packed into the image? ± Is the texture stark, moderate, or highly detailed?

The Scarlet Empress

Mise en Scène
‡ Density
± How much visual information is packed into the image? ± Is the texture stark, moderate, or highly detailed?

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Mise en Scène

The King¶s Speech

Mise en Scène

The Scarlet Empress

Mise en Scène

The Godfather

Mise en Scène

From Here to Eternity

Mise en Scène
‡ Composition ± How is the twodimensional space segmented and organized? ± What is the underlying design?

Hud

Mise en Scène

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‡ Composition ± The Rule of Thirds ± From painters of the Renaissance (14th century) ± Interest should be at the interersecting lines as our eyes do not go to the center of a photograph

Botticelli¶s Venus & Mars & Up in the Air

Mise en Scène

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The Godfather

Mise en Scène

The Departed

Mise en Scène

Hot Tub Time Machine

Mise en Scène

The Black Swan

Mise en Scène
‡ Form ± Open or closed?
‡ Does the image suggest a window that arbitrarily isolates a fragment of the scene (character is very inportant) while the world outside of the frame continues? (Open ± also considered ³realistic´) ‡ Have you been ³invited in?´

Training Day

Mise en Scène
«or a proscenium arch, in which the visual elements are carefully arranged and held in balance and the frame defines the world? (Closed ± can be considered more ³formalist´)
The Departed & Hugo

Mise en Scène
Does the composition suggest action or confinement? Beauty vs truth
Traffic

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‡Framing ±Tight or loose? Do the characters have no room to move around, or can they move freely without impediments
Silence of the Lambs

Mise en Scène

Silence of the Lambs

Mise en Scène
‡Depth ±On how many planes is the image composed? ±Does the background or foreground comment in any way on the mid-ground?

Midnight Cowboy

Mise en Scène

The Grifters

Mise en Scène
‡Character placement ±What part of the framed space do the characters occupy? ±Center? Top? Bottom? Edges? ±Why?

Citizen Kane

Mise en Scène

Double Indemnity

Mise en Scène
‡Staging positions ±Which way do the characters look visà-vis the camera?

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The Graduate

Mise en Scène

Silence of the Lambs

Mise en Scène

The 400 Blows

Mise en Scène
‡Character proxemics ±How much space is there between characters?

Double Indemnity

Mise en Scène

The Last Picture Show

Mise en Scène

Broken Flowers

Mise en Scène

The Wedding Crashers

Mise en Scène

Notes on a Scandal

Mise en Scène
‡ The Last Picture Show, 1971
± Directed by Peter Bogdanovich ± Starring Ellen Burstyn, Cloris Leachman, Cybil Shepherd, Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges ± Dir. Of Photography ± Robert Surtees ± first mainstream Hollywood film shot in b&w since the early 60¶s ± Homage to Howard Hawks & John Ford as well as friend Orson Welles ± Largely unknown cast - Oscars for Cloris Leachman & Ben Johnson

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‡ Peter Bogdanovich, 1939± Began as an actor ± A rabid cinephile, he programmed films for MOMA, wrote many seminal books on early cinema (bios of John Ford, Howard Hawks & Orson Welles) as well as writing for the esteemed journal Cahiers du Cinema ± LPS released when he was 32

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‡ While Paper Moon & What¶s up Doc? Were critical & box office successes, Daisy Miller & At Long Last Love (both with Cybil Shepherd) were critical & box office disasters ‡ Murder of girlfriend and Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten and subsequent marriage to his younger sister a huge factor in later career ‡ Considered an ultimate autuer, it could be also considered that if he were a real auteur, he would have bounced back & made some better movies ‡ Returned to acting & writing ± his unrealised potential echoes that of his admired friend and fellow wunderkind, Orson Welles

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