Film Language Tag: historical mise-en-scene
A recognized marker of a historical setting that can carry meanings and connotations important to a narrative.
The Pope had a nervous breakdown and has gone missing after the Papal conclave. The cardinals do not know that he is missing because the manager of the Vatican has placed a Swiss guard in the Pope's quarters to make his room seem occupied. While the Cardinals are waiting for the "pope" to emerge from his room, the psychiatrist who was hired to treat the Pope organized a volleyball game for the Cardinals. This scene captures the Cardinal's joy and commitment to the game.
Butch (Paul Newman) and Sundance (Robert Redford) are holding out in a small store, trying to outlast the military that has come after them. The drawn-out shootout ends with both characters running out of the store, guns blazing, to ultimately be killed.
At the Papal Conclave, the cardinals gather and begin the Papal selection process. Slowly, we are shown various cardinals struggling with their decisions; some are peeking at their neighbors' votes, while others begin fidgeting uncontrollably. Eventually, the restless cardinals begin clicking their pens in anticipation, suggesting that they are eager to proceed. However, various cardinals begin chanting "Lord, not me" and demonstrate the anxiety associated with the papacy.
As Anthony's (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) girlfriend Bri (Teyonah Parris) attempts to fight the Candyman, she realizes the two are linked. If the Candyman is harmed, so is Chris. She cradles his body on the floor. When the police arrive at the scene, they ask no questions and shoot Anthony dead while arresting his girlfriend. Trapped in the police car, the girlfriend summons the Candyman so that she can escape and be freed.