Word of the Week: mise-en-scène (meez-ahn-SEN)



1 : the arrangement of actors and scenery on a stage for a theatrical production
: stage setting
2 : the physical setting of an action (as of a narrative or a motion picture)
: environment, milieu

In Context

“For the night of his election last May …, he arranged a dramatic mise-en-scène: while loudspeakers played Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy,’ the new president walked alone across the courtyard of the Louvre as spotlights threw his larger-than-life shadow on the façade of the former royal palace.”

Tom Sancton, Vanity Fair, May 2018