Mise-En-Scene Analysis The Untouchables
Elliot Ness, a treasury agent, has been trying
to stop alcohol from being smuggled into the United States.
He feels that the key to putting an end to the alcohol
distribution is to put gangster, Al Capone, behind bars.
But there is a small problem, Ness can't seem to be able to
link the incoming alcohol, or any other crime to Capone.
Until, Oscar Wallace, the uptight, "dorky", government official,
entered the picture to help Ness fight his battle for prohibition,
and ultimately, against Capone. Wallace discovered that Capone
hasn't paid his taxes for several years, but the only way to
prove it is to get to Capone's book keeper. Ness discovers that
the book keeper will be going to the train station, so he along
with colleague George Stone intend to be there to pick him up when he arrives.
The scene starts in the train station.
The setting is the main lobby.
The floors, pillars, and stairs are of a light gray color. There is a clock
that is directly above the big, dark, wooden doors that are continuously
reverted back to during the scene.
The costumes of the main characters in this scene are the same as throughout
the movie. Ness wears a light gray colored suit, hat, trench coat and tie.
Stone is wearing a little darker colored, more casual, clothing with a tie and
light colored hat. Capones men were dressed similarly with trench coats and hats
of light colors. Also, the innocent bystanders in this scene are the sailors in
their suits, the woman, with the baby in her innocent raggy clothes, and all the
other people in the scene who look as though they might be Capones men.
The lighting in this scene is a little bit dull,