Movie Analysis : ' The ' Rebel Without A Cause `` Essay

1546 Words Oct 12th, 2016 7 Pages
According to film scholars, mise-en-scène refers to everything that is on screen, and the way the look and feel of a film tells a story. The different, interworking aspects of mise-en-scène also help to immerse the viewer into the film’s setting, mood, and even mind of a character. This is always a challenge for directors who wish to convey a certain message through their film and, keep the attention of the audience, as well. While mise-en-scène generally refers to the appearance of a film, it can also be interpreted as the way the actors present their characters and how the audience identifies with their performance. Nicolas Ray’s Rebel Without a Cause is one example of a film that captures the audience’s attention through its mise-en-scène and sheds light on the issues of society at that time. Ray’s film portrays the youth of American culture in a different way than movies had previously done before. Its themes of isolation, idealism, parents misunderstanding their children, and young people searching for their place in the world still remain universal for every generation. In the textbook, Looking at Movies, authors Richard Barsam and Dave Monahan explain that a film’s mise-en-scène “subtly influences our mood as we watch, much as the décor, lighting, smells, and sounds can influence our emotional response to a real-life place” (165). The main characters of Rebel Without a Cause expertly convey the pain and emotions of their characters to the audience, resulting in a…

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