Discuss How Mise-En-Scene and Camera Movement, Angle and Positioning Create Meaning for an Audience in the Final Gun Battle Sequence ‘Scarface

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Brian De Palma’s 1983 Universal picture ’Scarface’ embodies many features common to the formula of gangster action genre. In particular elements of textual analysis have been used to effect the meaning of the experience for the audience. This will be explored through a critical analysis of the mise-en-scene and camera techniques within the text.

Scarface follows the life of Tony Montana and his close friend Manny Ray from their trip on the Cuban Boat Lift for refugees, to their arrival in Miami. After killing a powerful Cuban figure, Montana and company gain the ability to leave their refugee camps and roam around the U.S. After unsuccessfully trying to make it legitimately in the country, Montana and Ray resort to selling cocaine to
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Tony also has his initials imprinted into his chair, which is another sign to show his supremacy. The red walls however, may connotate blood or war to contrast with the white doors and panels being used to emphasis the blood.
Black seems to be the predominant colour in Tony’s room. The walls, desk and chair, pretty much everything is black. This may suggest his character role, protagonist and antagonist. Throughout the film audiences have aligned with this powerful character, but for shooting his best friend and ending the innocent life of his sister, do they want him to stay in power or do they want his world to crumble down around him.

At one point, Tony’s sister, Gina enters the room; a very different style of music is played almost as if a dream or fairy tail. This is reinforced by the sort of dress like cloak she is wearing. The cloak is a very predominant colour, which may suggest Gina’s youth and purity as in fact she has been sucked into this manic lifestyle of Tony, when she hasn’t done anything to deserve it. This time she is not marginalized like the rest of the film, she stands out, maybe also suggesting the only important thing left in Tony’s life and the only thing he really cares about. This is reinforced by the fact Tony would not let her be with any man not even his own best friend.

Iconography is important with the very powerful looking weapon of choice. Tony braces himself and stoops down to a very powerful stance. The

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