I've added two short references on the different versions of Brazil and Blade Runner to the supplement to the course.
What elements of mise-en-scene seem most important to understanding the world of Brazil? What did the filmmakers do to draw attention to those elements?
Share your general thoughts on Brazil here.
While watching Brazil, focus broadly on the mise-en-scene (m-e-s) and how the filmmakers use elements of the m-e-s to construct their vision of the future.
- What elements of the m-e-s would you point to as being "futuristic"? If so, what are they? Where in the film do you notice these elements?
- Can you find recurring elements? Particular uses of light, or arrangements of people or objects, for example?
- Are there individual shots or scenes that seem to distill or concentrate how the future looks in the film? What are the primary elements of the m-e-s that signify the filmmakers' ideas?
- Are there aspects of the m-e-s that seem more like design details than ones that are material within the narrative? On the other side, are there aspects that seem crucial to the narrative?
- What does Brazil borrow from Metropolis? (Note, the Newman reading for week 2 includes a commentary from Terry Gilliam on this question).