Mise En Scene Analysis The Untouchables

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Mise-En-Scene Analysis The UntouchablesElliot Ness, a treasury agent, has been tryingto stop alcohol from being smuggled into the United States.He feels that the key to putting an end to the alcoholdistribution is to put gangster, Al Capone, behind bars.But there is a small problem, Ness can't seem to be able tolink the incoming alcohol, or any other crime to Capone.Until, Oscar Wallace, the uptight, "dorky", government official,entered the picture to help Ness fight his battle for prohibition,and ultimately, against Capone. Wallace discovered that Caponehasn't paid his taxes for several years, but the only way toprove it is to get to Capone's book keeper. Ness discovers thatthe book keeper will be going to the train station, so he ...view middle of the document...

Stone is wearing a little darker colored, more casual, clothing with a tie andlight colored hat. Capones men were dressed similarly with trench coats and hatsof light colors. Also, the innocent bystanders in this scene are the sailors intheir suits, the woman, with the baby in her innocent raggy clothes, and all theother people in the scene who look as though they might be Capones men.The lighting in this scene is a little bit dull, but gets darker whenCapone shoots his gun at certain points of the scene.The figure movement and expressions in this scene are normally paced,excluding the woman desperately struggling to get her baby carriage up the stairs,until the gunfire starts. The scene turns into slow motion and panic arises asthe shooting begins and the baby carriage is released and slowly starts descendingdown the stairs. The mothers face is panicked and you can see her mouthing thewords "My Baby". Then you see the innocent face of the baby and then the carriageplummeting to the bottom of the stairs. The expressions on Capones men are uncaringand crazy looking where as the expressions of the cops were determined looking.Also, the book keepers face is very frightened. The movement and expressions ofthe bystanders are panicked with sailors trying to grab the baby and getting shot.I feel that the slow motion in this scene was for added suspense and thebaby carriage was to give a feeling of panic. I feel that the clock was deliberatelyin the picture to let the viewer feel Ness's impatience. I feel that the sailorsalong with the baby carriage were images of innocence to make the viewer more frightened.I also feel that they had bystanders, looking like they could be Capone's men, enter thepicture to make the viewer more suspense filled..

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