mise–en–scène

play
noun \ˌmē-ˌzäⁿ-ˈsen, -ˈsān\

Definition of mise–en–scène

plural

mise–en–scènes

play \-ˈsen(z), -ˈsān(z)\
  1. 1a :  the arrangement of actors and scenery on a stage for a theatrical productionb :  stage setting

  2. 2a :  the physical setting of an action (as of a narrative or a motion picture) :  context <this ordinary house that became the mise–en–scène of an extraordinary drama — E. M. Lustgarten>b :  environment, milieu <enjoyed the mise–en–scène of suburban Miami>

Origin and Etymology of mise–en–scène

French mise en scène


First Known Use: 1833

Synonym Discussion of mise–en–scène

background, setting, environment, milieu, mise-en-scène mean the place, time, and circumstances in which something occurs. background often refers to the circumstances or events that precede a phenomenon or development <the shocking decision was part of the background of the riots>. setting suggests looking at real-life situations in literary or dramatic terms <a militant reformer who was born into an unlikely social setting>. environment applies to all the external factors that have a formative influence on one's physical, mental, or moral development <the kind of environment that produces juvenile delinquents>. milieu applies especially to the physical and social surroundings of a person or group of persons <an intellectual milieu conducive to artistic experimentation>. mise-en-scène strongly suggests the use of properties to achieve a particular atmosphere or theatrical effect <a gothic thriller with a carefully crafted mise-en-scène>.

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