In film studies class in college, I was introduced to an idea that has stuck in my mind ever since: mise-en-scène. A cinematic term that in its simplest form means “placing on stage,” mise-en-scène is more a catch-all phrase that covers the look and feel of a movie — the costumes, lighting, set pieces, movements of the actors and all the details in between. It’s what makes a Scorcese movie feel like a Scorcese movie. When done well, the audience ...

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