(redirected from Mise-en-scene)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus.



the arrangement of actors on the stage at any given moment of a theatrical production. An important device for graphically bringing out the theme of a play, the miseen-scene is an essential component of the director’s interpretation of the production. The style and genre of the theatrical production are reflected in the miseen-scene. Through his arrangement of the actors, the stage director brings the play to life. The selection of a well-planned mise-en-scene is also the responsibility of the set designer, who, in cooperation with the director, decides on a definite spatial treatment of the production and creates the necessary conditions for stage action. Every mise-en-scene must be compatible with the relationships and emotions of the characters being portrayed: it must function naturally, easily, and organically.

In film-making the creation of the mise-en-scéne depends to a great extent on the camera angle and range.


Popov, A. D. Khudozhestvennaia tselostnost’ spektaklia. Moscow, 1959. Pages 207–40).
References in periodicals archive ?
In order to describe and understand Hong's style in more concrete detail, I will combine two approaches: Mise-en-scene criticism and statistical style analysis.
This juxtaposition of moods is a significant aspect of the mise-en-scene that reflects the presence of realism and expressionism in Seven Beauties.
That is, he now concerns himself with the coherence of the relationships between the various elements of mise-en-scene.
Visually, the mise-en-scene resembles the spatial integrity of many of its predecessors, especially in the way that it calls attention to its location through prominently placed "signage"--the Nelson Mandela Houses and the references to Brooklyn and "Crooklyn" being the most obvious.
Likewise, King's text will resonate with readers seeking new formal interpretations of cinema, and particularly of mise-en-scene.
Yet while Wilson's history is typically unbalanced and deracinated, his mise-en-scene is anything but.
With its lush colors and over-the-top dramatics, The Fox offers a painterly mise-en-scene.
The purple mists and shafts of light look like what they are: a temporary, artificial mise-en-scene.
Suddenly, Kilimnik's mise-en-scene became a mise en abyme, with so many reinterpreted realities stacked inside each other like Chinese boxes.
Beyond playing on the true and the false, Laurette's "performance" can be seen as an institutional critique, as an investigation of context via the mise-en-scene and mise en abime of the social dynamics of the spectacle, and as an examination of relationships between the art world and the celebrity system--all in three easy steps.
Sculpting reliefs based on newspaper photos, for instance, Pascal Convert subtly reveals an iconographic tradition and a mise-en-scene that profoundly modify their putatively neutral status.
The Reaganomic terminology seems appropriate, since the video's mise-en-scene has a New Wave noir quality that feels distinctly '80s.