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1Introduction Philosophy and film do not mix This is the impression one has when one sounds out the literature in both fields Therefore it is with some surprise that one reads that Ludwig Wittgenstein the renowned Austrian philosopher was an avid viewer of cowboy movies Carver 1995 However even Wittgenstein did not say anything substantial about the relationship between film and meaning a relationship which is critical to the understanding not only of film but also of meaning constitution itself and its relevant theories Ruthrof 2002 To make light of meaning on screen this essay shall consider how screen mediated meaning is achieved through mise-en scene on film andor television 2Mise-en-scene Mise-en-scene is sometimes used as a straight-forward descriptive term but it is actually a concept which is complicated yet central to a developed understanding of film This term is used in film studies in the discussion of visual style Gibbs 2002 It is historically to do with directing plays and later became to do with film to express how the material in the frame is directed impericacom 2002 To put it simply it means staging an action It refers to the dcor props costumes staging location lighting camera movement the actors and so on which shall later be discussed in detail Basically it refers to every visual detail noticeable on the screen excluding only the actors lines and the sound The concept of mise-en-scene has influenced the way filmmakers on every level create meaning All these mise-en-scene details are highly scrutinised and thought about Some of Americas great acclaimed directors like Stanley Kubrick or Orsen Welles are literally obsessed with detail in every aspect of the film Mogel 2000 The logic to it is when a filmmaker has a meaning to hisher movie the details should be used to express that meaning through symbolism or psychological association This technique
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