Inception- Mise-En-Scene

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The scene that is going to be analyzing in this part is the scene in the second dimension of the dream. In the other word, the scene in the hotel or Arther’s dream. Mise-en-scene will covered many details in the shot for example, setting, lighting, character casts with their performance style, costume and make up, and the props that is using in the shot. This analysis will involve only the part where all of characters are in the same room, before they are going down into the deeper dream. Cobb is disguising as Mr. Charlse, the man as told as “Specialize in Subconscious Security” (Nolan), projected from Fischer’s imagination in order to protect Fischer from the dream terrorist. Cobb makes Fischer believes that his uncle, Browning, is manipulating all the kidnap scene in the earlier dream in order to steal the number combination from Fischer’s subconscious. Therefore, at this point that Fischer trusts Cobb and thinks his uncle is betraying him, he will helps Cobb and others gets into his own subconscious, as he understands as Browning’s, and find out the truth, or as we know, the inception Cobb tries to implant in Fischer’s mind. “’He’s going to help us break into his own subconscious’ – Arther” (Nolan). When Browning and Fischer falls asleep, everyone in the room start preparing their own work, to sleep and go down to another dimension. In this scene right before it cut and jump deeper into Eames’ dream, Cobb sees the curtain in the hotel room and he reminisce back to the day his wife, Mal, suicide.

Firstly, mise-en-scene is the composition of all elements placed in the shot. According to James Monaco, American film critic and educator, “The codes of mise-en-scene are the tools with which filmmaker alters and modifies our reading of the shot.” (Monaco). It has various elements combine for instance, sets, props, costumes, lighting, performance includes blocking, make up, casting and performance style. To give another word, mise-en-scene is everything we can observe in the shot. Secondly, getting into the analysis of mise-en-scene in this scene. The setting is placed in the hotel room, with a king sized bed and other furniture that characters and props are being placed on to. The set is not overly decorated as to keep dreams close to reality, it rather be keeping as plain as it can as a hotel. Getting into the details, the room they are in is the room 528, which is informed to be right on top of the room 491. Talking about dreams vs. reality, mostly in hotel or even normal residences, the room that is under another should be the same number. For example, the room 528 should be above the room 428, but in dreams, anything can happen. This number is used because in the dreams, they wanted to repeat this combination, 528491 as much as possible. This combination first came from Fischer’s quick thought while he was forced to say some numbers in the kidnapping scene and later on, the other character will keep feeding the information of this number into Fischer so he will actually believes that it is really the safe’s security code. Furthermore, the lighting in the room is a normal studio light which gives the feeling of warmth with the tone. Lightning is not specific to any actor, it shines in general that we can see things in the scene. Except when one actor has the line, the other will have a little shade to be darker as we can concentrate to the one who is currently speaking. Setting and atmosphere in dreams can obviously be designed as any possible way according to dream creator’s imagination. But to keep the difference between dreams and reality close, for the audience and the victim to be mesmerized, it is invented to be simple. Next, it is about the casts and performing styles. Cobb, played by Leonardo DiCarprio, is a very responsible man, caring of his family and friends, risk taker but bounded with the past. In this part that Cobb pretends to be a man named Mr. Charles, he is...
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