What is Mise-en-Scene?

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     Film scholars argued for years about what is mise-en-scene.  I agree with Andre Bazin’s interpretation of the term.  Mise-en-scene consists of set design, props, costuming and lighting but not camera movement, editing or sound.  While camera movement, editing and sound all add to the visual presentation, the focus of mise-en-scene is the look of the scene.    

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Manassa Mauler Knocks Out Giant in 1919

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     While doing research, I found this picture of the Manassa Mauler training for his July 4th, 1919 title fight with Jess Willard, the World Heavyweight Boxing Champions.  Willard had knocked out the great Jack Johnson in 1915 to become champion.  Willard was a giant of a man at 6’06” and 235 pounds.  He posed a threat to anyone based on size alone.

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Mr. Wong in The Fatal Hour (1940)

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     The Fatal Hour (1940) is the fourth of the six Mr. Wong films by Monogram Pictures.  Mr. Wong is assisting Capt. Bill Street in investigating the death of his friend Dan Grady.  Grady is a police detective assigned to smuggling.  He is also a childhood friend of Capt. Street.  They joined the police department at the same time and worked

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