Rebel Without A Scene Analysis

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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 …show more content…
The main characters of Rebel Without a Cause expertly convey the pain and emotions of their characters to the audience, resulting in a sense of sympathy and recognition, simultaneously. The main characters, played by James Dean, Natalie Wood, and Sal Mineo portray the darker side of American teenage suburbia who refuse to conform to the normal standards of the 1950’s culture. Before being brought together throughout the film’s narrative, it is implied that each character is currently dealing with their own personal problems and feel there is no one they can relate to. Though now considered a highly acclaimed classic, the film’s themes of alienation and its portrayal of family relationships did in fact stir up some …show more content…
Despite what appeared to be just another entry in the burgeoning teensploitation trend, the film distinguished itself for a variety of reasons. Its production values were noticeably sophisticated thanks to the creative talents of director Nicholas Ray and the financial backing of Warner Bros.; it spoke about the current teen tensions in sincere tones rather than didactic monologues; and it witnessed an automatically profound marketing campaign due to the death of star James Dean just before its release. And it was the resulting veneration of Dean as an icon of young cool-and his performance as Jim Stark which embodied that image- that made the film such an indelible symbol of youth trying to discover themselves and declare their identity within the prosperous torments of the post-war

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