Nowadays you might just as easily come across a description of a film’s mise-en-scène, referring to its look and feel, including framing and camera angles, with the metteur-en-scene, literally the “putter on stage,” referring to the director or auteur.
It can also apply to other forms of visual art; Roberta Smith, describing an exhibition
of the Russian conceptual artist ’s
work, once wrote, “This mise-en-scène exists in an eerie double time, evoking both the power of the former Soviet Union and the chaos that has overtaken its weakened components, now disunited.” Here’s Jerry Saltz
using the term to describe one of ’s
chaotic, menacing installations at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in 2013: “The mise-en-scène is some sex club for night hunters, fashion freaks, and those with toxic blood or addictions to