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Mise-en-scene literally means setting up a scene There are six elements that make up mise-en-scene acting costume and make-up setting lighting composition or space and lastly but not least time The film that I chose for this particular topic was American Beauty American Beauty is like mise-en-scene candy Each theme from repression to denial and fantasy to reality is clearly portrayed through the art of mise-en-scene We often say that a good performance is realistic To me a good performance by an actor is making it seem as if they are not really acting per se making the viewer believe that they are the actual character in the film In American Beauty the acting is quite individualized The quality of the actors performances allow the audience to promptly identify what it is the characters are portraying In the scene when Ricky Fitts is videotaping Jane while her friend Angela is over you would be able to identify who each of the characters were just through watching that scene You see Jane sitting at her make-up desk looking downwards You can tell through her facial expressions and body language that she is an innocent teenage girl who is unhappy with herself She is more on the quiet side and is quite self-conscious Where as Angela Janes polar opposite friend is standing in front of the window while Janes neighbor Ricky is videotaping You can tell that Angela is narcissistic and craves attention by the way she is posing for Ricky Ricky is anything but interested in Angela he zooms in on Jane sitting at her make-up table behind Angela and focuses on her reflection in the mirror Angelas body is taking up the majority of the composition within this frame but it is out of focus because Ricky is focusing on what he can see of Jane You can tell that Ricky is a disturbed yet calm and confident teenager who has
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