Translated by Sergey Levchin
Mise en Jeu and Mise en Geste was composed in January 1948, a few
months before Sergei Eisenstein’s untimely death. Here Eisenstein
insists on subordinating all aspects of mise en scène to some unifying
idea or principle inherent in the subject matter, thus transforming it
from an incoherent jumble of staging decisions into a “legible text”,
wherein the subtext of a given scene or event – its hidden meaning – may
be writ large. Unlike Eisenstein’s previous writings on mise en scène,
this essay treats separately distinct elements of that notoriously
catch-all category: mise en jeu (transposition “of the interplay of
motives” into a sequence of concrete actions); mise en geste
(transposition of character into gesture); and mise en cadre (recreating
the specific effects of a poetic passage through shot composition).
Unfinished at the time of his death, the essay has been reconstructed by
the Eisenstein Centre in Moscow and is appearing here in English for
the first time.
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