Mis-En-Scene in Double Jeopardy (1999)

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Double Jeopardy has an even balance between scenes that are set ‘inside’ and those set ‘outside’. How effective are the elements of mise-en-scene to keep the viewer’s interest in the story?

When a film is observed, what the viewer focuses on, and what is providing them with an accurate and intended understanding, are separate elements of cinematography. What gains them a mental and emotional understanding is the use of sound and visuals in Mise-en-scene. In the 1999 thriller, Double Jeopardy, director Bruce Beresford employs a vast variety of cinematographic elements in each scene. There is an undeniable balance of scenes set inside and outside in the film. Beresford employs the two different locations for two different uses, when a scene is set outside, it is bringing the viewers attention to fast paced action, providing not only excitement but also a suspenseful understanding; whereas the scenes set inside are usually slower and more impacting on the viewer, relying more on sound, specifically dialogue, to maintain the viewers interest. When the sound, camera, and optical setting are employed correctly, it is highly effective in maintaining the viewers interest in the film.

Accounting for the majority of the mood of a scene; sound and the sense of audibility it creates is vastly impacting on how the viewer perceives what they are seeing. Sound can create many things, the music of a film creates emotion and suspense, however, silence in a film, when used at the right time, can have just the same, if not more, of an effect. In the film, silence and scoring music are both used effectively in a balanced consistency. After Libby Parsons has spent a romantic evening on “The Morning Star” yacht with her husband Nick, she awakes to find herself covered in blood, with no sign of her husband around. This scene begins with pure and eerie silence, as she searches the boat, following the trail of blood in the lower deck, a soft string piece begins to build, as she...
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