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Psycho (1960) - Alfred Hitchcock [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

The famous shower scene with its now trademark score by Bernard Herrmann, featuring the screeching violins.

Scene from Peeping Tom (1960) [Amazon.com]

Scene (arts)

A formal section.
Scene, in the dramatic arts: literature, theatre, cinema. Also a cultural space. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scene_%28disambiguation%29 [Feb 2005]

In theatre and literature, a scene is a self-contained episode within a larger work.

Due to the ability to edit, in recorded visual works such as TV and movies, a scene has the same basic definition, but is typically much shorter. Basically, it refers to a part of the action in a single location. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scene [Feb 2005]


The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) - Robert Wiene [Amazon.com]

Mise-en-scène [mizA~sEn] is a French term literally meaning "put into the scene" or "setting in scene." The term refers to set decoration in the theatre and related media such as film.

French film critics of the Cahiers called what they considered lesser creative directors disparagingly "metteurs en scène", meaning that the films of these directors did not exceed the level of "filmed theatre". The same critics called the more creative directors auteurs because they put their personal vision into the film; much like a writer would do in his books.

In the mid 1960s, American critics picked up on these French ideas and called them the auteur theory, although they never seemed to reach agreement on the exact meaning of terms like mise en scène and auteur which led to much opaque film writing.

This episode in film criticism is a good example of the post-WWII American fondness of French cultural theory, a later example of which is Post-structuralism and deconstruction. [Jan 2006]

See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mise_en_scene [Mar 2005]

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