The Lady From Shanghai Mise En Scene Analysis

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The Lady From Shanghai (1947) Production: Mercury Productions Producer: Orson Welles Director: Orson Welles Screenplay: Orson Welles Cinematography: Charles Lawton Jr. Editing: Viola Lawrence Music: Heinz Roemheld Principal Characters: Rita Hayworth Elsa Bannister Orson Welles Michael O'Hara Everett Sloane Arthur Bannister Glenn Anders George Grisby The Lady From Shanghai is a timeless film that captures how a black and white film can be interesting for viewers. The overall film was effective with the help of the mise en scene, cinematography and editing. Each of the three parts put together brought out the complexity and intensity of this film and they made The Lady From Shanghai the classic film that it is today. The mise en scenes in this film are unique because it gave viewers the ability to have a sense of how the characters are feeling. For example, low lighting was used throughout the film to express a sense of the unknown and/or fear. Another great example of how mise en scene was used is how human shadows for night shooting were used to increase the feeling of mystery and a threating atmosphere (Awjingyi). And one of the most important examples of mise en scene used in this film is in the last scene where mirrors were used (aka the “funhouse”) to…show more content…
These three aspects combined made this film the classic that it is. Even though this film didn’t have any color in it whatsoever, this film was still effective because the viewer could focus on the plot and the depth of the characters with the excellent uses of cinematography, mise en scene and editing. The overall dysfunctional but also compelling storyline in The Lady From Shanghai was more apparent because of the black and white nature of this film and therefore this film will be a timeless film for years to
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