Elements of mise en scène: Lighting

Watch this scene to focus on the lighting and blocking.

The scene is right after the opening newsreel, when a reporter gets the job of finding out what ‘rosebud’ means. This is a striking example in the use of light and shadow. The journalists lack individuality; bright light shines directly at the camera, casting them as silhouettes. They are ciphers who will lead the narrative to its conclusion.