Answer one of the prompts below regarding the use of mise-en-scene in Uncut Gems. Your response should be between 300-500 words and should include minimal plot summary. Assume that your reader has seen the film but please do set up specific scenes with a sentence or two if you plan on discussing them in depth. It’s often helpful to focus on a specific scene or shot for careful detailed analysis as a means of supporting a larger claim. Please be sure to proofread, use specific terms from lectures/readings when relevant, and review the included rubric!
1. How does the film’s mise-en-scene shape how we come to understand Howard (e.g. his personality, his motivations, his relationships to other characters, etc.)? Be sure to draw on specific characteristics of the film’s mise-en-scene to support your claim.
2. What does the film’s mise-en-scene suggest about life in New York?
2. Make your own claim about how the mise-en-scene shapes our experience as spectators. For example, you might explore the ways in which the film’s mise-en-scene shapes which characters we feel sympathy for vs. who we are rooting against; how mise-en-scene informs the way we make sense of specific narrative developments; how the mise-en-scene affects the film as a political text (e.g. does it critique capitalism, embrace it, or is it doing something else altogether); etc.