Compare and Contrast movies Stagecoach(1939) and Dances with Wolves, using the 4 Mise-En-Scene elements of Film, how they relate as classic westerns and the meaning behind each film.

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Student’s name: Professor’s name: Course: Date: The importance of Mise-en-scene in Film. Since Hollywood’s inception, there have been countless western films that have graced the big screen. Some of them have been good, some of them bad while others have just been ugly. Of the countless movies that filmmakers have created, two have managed to stand out from the rest. Stagecoach, which was released in 1939 and 1990’s epic Dances with Wolves have attained cult status due to their devout following. They are considered greats because of the acting which was superb and the actors who contributed towards making the films such a success. The following essay will compare and contrast the two movies using the four elements of mise-en-scene, show how the films relate to westerns and the meaning behind each film. The term mise-en-scene is a French word CITATION Jam14 p n.p l 1033 (Jameson n.p) that traditionally meant to “place on stage.” It was widely used in theaters until its adoption in the film industryCITATION Bor09 p 164 l 1033 (Bordwell and Thompson 164). Moviemakers borrowed the term, and it has since been used to mean the amount of control a director has over a film about individual aspects. It is composed of four elements; movement of figures, costume, setting, and lighting CITATION Lat14 p 1 l 1033 (Lathrop and Sutton 1). Each of the four elements differs significantly in the movies not least due to a difference in directors and a time difference of over fifty years. However, due to a similarity in genres, one or two elements overlap between the two cultic films. Stagecoach was set in 1885. It follows a group of seemingly ordinary characters that

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