Sherlock Jr Essay

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The film, Sherlock Jr. (Buster Keaton, 1924) is about a man, who longs to be a detective. The protagonist (Buster Keaton) puts his detective skills into work when he is framed by his rival for stealing his girlfriend's father's pocket watch. Sherlock Jr. is a silent comedy film that displays elements from mise-en-scene, which means “placement in a scene” (Pg. 64). A scene from Sherlock Jr. shows five significant elements of mise-en-scene. The five significant elements are settings, props, actors, costumes, and lighting. The first element is settings. Settings is an important element in almost any film that has ever been created. Settings is a fictional or real place where the action and events of the film occur (Pg. 70). The setting of the scene from Sherlock Jr. is in the outskirts of town or in the streets. The first event that happens in this scene is the protagonist is being chased by one of the antagonist in the streets of town. As the protagonist is being chased, it sets a mood to the viewers that the protagonist is in some kind of trouble. Also as the scene goes on, it shows that the protagonist is…show more content…
In every film, some type of prop is being used by actors. Props are an objects that functions as part of the set or a tool used by actors (Pg. 72). An example of a prop used in the scene of Sherlock Jr. is the badge that the protagonist showed to the policeman. The badge shows the viewers that the protagonist is a detective or some kind of cop. If the protagonist did not have the badge, then the policeman would not have known that he was detective. Another example of a prop from the scene is when the film shows a sign that says “Street-Closed”and a tree in the middle of the road. The sign and tree tells the viewers to stop and it also tells the viewers that the street is under some type of construction and that it is dangerous. The props are significant in this film because it shows the viewers that props helps make the story

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