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Sequence Analysis A key sequence in Carlitos Way which was directed by Brian De Palma is when Carlito seeks to find the one woman that he loved before he was incarcerated He decides to seek her out after he realizes that everyone has changed in the five years that he was incarcerated and he wants some truth and honesty around him as he tries to change his life The sequence ends as Carlito and Gail his lost love embraced each other in their arms The aspects of the sequence that made it special were the mise-en-scene camera anglesshots and the lighting that was used to erect this passionate sequence This sequence contains emotions and feelings that De Palma gets across by efficiently using a variation of shots and angles The mise-en-scene in this sequence is crucial because it shows the relationship the characters have with each other The placing of the characters is very critical along with the amount of space that they put between each other In Carlitos Way the mise-en scene is very constructed as the scene starts as Carlito is watching Gail from a public distance as he follows her from her house to the dance studio then he goes on the roof of the building across the street so he can watch her dance through the window The audience gets a sense of uncertainty from Carlito because the distance and hesitation causes them to wonder if he will approach Gail or simply admire her from a distance De Palma uses the back to the camera shot to make us speculate what Carlito is thinking internally Carlitos back to the camera also shows the isolation that he is feeling from the rest of the world and to help communicate a sense of mystery because it leaves the audience wanting to see more De Palma uses the open form because in this sequence he focuses on the
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