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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Max Linder Made Pathe’ Film

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     Max Linder (1883-1925) built the Pathe’ Film Studio in the early 1900s. Linder’s comedy influenced Charles Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton. Linder is largely unknown today because his biggest film successes were in the 1910s.  Most of his films are considered lost.      Film fans today have the benefit of resources like the Internet Archive, which has a

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The Mad Doctor Meets the Somnambulist

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What happens is the first commercially successful art film.  The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) was released in January 1920 becoming a German and international sensation.   It marked the beginning of a German film revival during the 1920s The German Expressionist Movement in German art strongly influenced this film.  Expressionist paintings were known for buildings sloped at odd angles, 

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Film as an Education Resource

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     Homeschoolers can open up a rich stream of education by using films as an education supplement in their children’s education.  Film is an important medium in the modern era as many learners are more impacted by what they see than what they read.  By carefully selecting your films, you can supplement your children’s traditional reading in history and

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