One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Mise En Scene Analysis

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Grant Grubbs
Mise-en-scene in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Forman, 1975) is a good film with an even more interesting mise-en-scene. I noticed many things throughout the film relating to the arrangement of scenery and stage props. For starters, RP McMurphy always wore apparel that opposed the other inmates’ dull white uniforms (see image to the right). The clothes he chooses to wear appear normal, as if he weren’t locked up in an asylum. It seems that he believes he shouldn’t be wearing the white uniforms that other patients wear because he isn’t insane and that he wouldn’t stoop to the level of adhering to the policy. On the other hand, Nurse Ratched is dressed in such a way that seemingly puts her above
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