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consult outside sources—I’m looking for your own careful, perceptive analysis of what the director has “put into the scene.” In particular, I want you to explain how the use of a particular décor, light and shadow, costumes and non-verbal performance combine to do one or more of the following: create atmosphere, reveal a character in relation to his/her world, contribute to the film’s thematic concerns. Obviously, not every mise-en-scene does all of these things, but I hope you’ll focus on film images that are sufficiently complex to allow you to discuss a variety of compositional elements and their effects. How to go about it: In preparation for this assignment, I very strongly recommend that you read the assigned pages (51-61) on mise-en-scene in Corrigan’s A Short Guide to Writing About Film. After completing this reading, you’ll need to search the film of your choice carefully for an instance of rich and interesting mise-en-scene. Then replay the chosen scene several times, noting the details of the set, lighting, costume, arrangement of objects, and performance. These are the elements that you will then analyze as thoroughly, precisely and coherently as possible. Be sure to identity the particular scene you have chosen at the start of the paper: that is, explain (in no more than a sentence) what happens and where the scene falls in the plot of the film. For example, an opening sentence might be: Marcel Carne uses the exotic mis-en-scene of a Turkish bath to stage Lacenaire’s murder of Count Eduard near the end of Part 2 of Carne’s Children of Paradise.
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