Class 36: Mise-en-scene

Mise-en-scene, (“having been put in the scene”) is a term whose origin is in theatrical stage direction. In film, it refers to what appears within the film frame:

  • setting
  • lighting
  • costume
  • acting style

“The staging of events before the camera” – what is controllable by the filmmaker.

“Transcends realism”

Affected by space (depth, or lack there of) and time (movement)

We will watch clips from a few films to better understand these ideas.

Sullivan’s Travels (1941)

L’Avventura (1960)

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)

The Matrix (1999)




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